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Long-Term Care

Professionally reviewed by Christopher Fistner, BS, NHA, PCHA, Administrator, Good Shepherd Home – Raker Center and Carrie Kane, MS, CCC-SLP/L, NHA, Administrator, Good Shepherd Home – Bethlehem on 05/18/2022.


Since 1908, Good Shepherd has provided long-term care for people with severe neurological and physical disabilities.

Whether an individual requires a life-long home or a stepping stone to independent living, Good Shepherd’s long-term care facilities can help realize his or her fullest potential while living in a comfortable, professionally supervised environment.

The long-term care program at Raker Center in Allentown and The Good Shepherd Home in Bethlehem are home to 159 individuals, with the average age ranging from 45 to 55. The primary focus of the program is to support and promote independence as defined by each resident, regardless of his or her physical or neurological challenges.

Criteria for Admission

Applicants may refer themselves or they may be referred by family members, agency representatives, pastors, physicians or others.

Applicants must be at least 12 years of age.

Applicants must have a diagnosis meeting criteria for a special rehabilitation long-term care facility, as defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Diagnoses are neurological and neuromuscular in nature and include cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and brain injury.

How to apply:

To provide basic information about an applicant and to request an application, contact:

Emily Shaffer
Administrative Assistant, Good Shepherd Home – Raker Center
Phone: 610-776-3511
Fax: 610-776-3143
[email protected]

Sandra Honsel
Administrative Assistant, Good Shepherd Home – Bethlehem
Phone: 610-807-5627
Fax: 610-776-3143
[email protected]

Diagnoses Served Include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Quadriplegia
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brain injury
  • Other neurological disorders

Long-Term Care Environment

Good Shepherd’s long-term program provides an environment for expanding a resident’s life experiences and maximizing his or her potential.

Good Shepherd’s physical therapists work with residents to improve or preserve strength, flexibility and overall mobility. Occupational therapists help maximize functional independence in the areas of self-care, work and leisure by using adaptive equipment and assistive technology.

Speech therapists help improve, alter, augment or compensate for a communication disability. A well-rounded leisure program led by certified therapeutic recreation specialists includes social opportunities, creative expression, leisure education, intellectual stimulation, physical exercise and community integration.

Interdisciplinary Team and In-House Services

Medical Coverage 24/7 with in-house visits by the same physician groups for better continuity

Rehabilitative Services: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and therapeutic recreation

Assistive Technology, including state-of-the-art wheelchairs, adaptive seating, adaptive computer access, environmental controls and augmentative communications. Assistive technology expertise is provided by licensed therapists and assistive technology professionals.

24-hour Individualized Nursing Care by RNs, LPNs and CNAs, including specialized wound and skin care and a certified infection control preventionist

Respiratory Therapy services that include but are not limited to tracheotomy and ventilator care

Care Management services by licensed social workers, each assigned to individual residents and their families, to offer support for all psychosocial and behavioral needs

Pastoral Care Services provided by an on-staff chaplain plus the accessibility for residents of different faiths to practice their beliefs

Care Clinics for: Dental, podiatry (including orthopedic footwear and orthotics), optometry, cardiology, GYN and wheelchairs

Nutrition services with registered dieticians who closely follow each resident’s nutritional status

Beautician services

Resident Council and Family Council

Public and Private Transportation

Access To Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network Services, such as:

  • Radiology
  • Laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Support Groups including head trauma, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis

Community Transition Program
A Community Transition Program will assess each resident’s potential for independent living. When appropriate, transitional planning, which includes skill development and the coordination of community services, will be provided.

Long-Term Care Locations

Good Shepherd Home – Raker Center
601 St. John Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18103
610-776-3199

Good Shepherd Home – Bethlehem
2855 Schoenersville Road
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017
610-807-5600

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where does Good Shepherd provide long-term care?
A. Good Shepherd provides long-term care for individuals with severe disabilities at the Good Shepherd Home – Raker Center in Allentown and the Good Shepherd Home – Bethlehem.

Q. Who can receive long-term care at Good Shepherd?
A. Individuals 12 years of age or older who have severe disabilities may receive long-term care at Good Shepherd. Primary diagnoses include (but are not limited to) cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, quadriplegia and multiple sclerosis.

Q. What type of care is provided at Good Shepherd’s long-term care facilities?
A. Good Shepherd provides 24-hour rehabilitative and restorative nursing care, physical, speech and occupational therapy, pastoral care, social work services, recreational therapy and access to state-of-the-art assistive technology.

Q. When did Good Shepherd begin providing long-term care for individuals with disabilities?
A. Good Shepherd has been providing care for people with disabilities since 1908. Learn more about Good Shepherd’s history.

Q. Is there a waiting list for Good Shepherd’s long-term care facilities?
A. Yes. Good Shepherd’s expert long-term care is in demand. For more information about long-term care at Good Shepherd, please call 1-888-44-REHAB (73422).

Contact Us To Get Started

For more information about our long-term care facilities or to request an application, call 610-776-3148 or fill out the form below.

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