Admissions Process

If you or a loved one would like to apply for admission to either the Conrad W. Raker Center in Allentown or Good Shepherd Home-Bethlehem, please adhere to the following criteria and admissions process.

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.

Application process:

  • Contact Good Shepherd’s long-term care admissions coordinator to provide basic information about the applicant and request an application.

Conrad W. Raker Center
Attn: Admissions Coordinator
601 St. John Street, Allentown, PA  18103
Phone: 610-776-3199

  • Complete both the application form and the financial form in full.
  • Have a physician complete and sign the medical evaluation form.
  • Obtain and submit the required financial documents outlined on the financial form.
  • Return the following, via US mail, to the admissions coordinator (at above address):

- Completed application form
- Completed financial form
- Completed medical evaluation form
- Any available medical, social or psychological reports
- Required financial documents
- A recent photograph

Upon receipt of completed application and required documents, Good Shepherd will obtain additional medical and psychosocial information as needed and indicated by the application. All data will then be reviewed by the admissions committee.

If found to be an eligible candidate for admission, the applicant will be invited for a tour and interview conducted by the admissions committee.  A final decision regarding eligibility then will be made by the admissions committee.  The applicant will receive written notification of the committee’s decision.

Approved applicants will be placed in the waiting pool and be kept informed of bed availability.  Periodically, applicants may receive requests for status reports and be asked to update admission preference and intentions.

NOTE: No applicant can be admitted without first receiving approval for nursing facility services by the designated state/county agency.  The admissions coordinator will provide direction and assistance with this process.

For more information on Good Shepherd’s long-term care opportunities, contact us or call 610-776-3199.