Visitor registration
Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg, Pa.

Updated May 7: In-person family visitation in the nursing care center was suspended May 5 because of a case; if your loved one lives in a neighborhood on the first floor, you may schedule an outdoor visit, as noted below, by calling the Rev. Marian Anderson. However, if your loved one lives in a neighborhood on the second floor, no outdoor visitations can be scheduled until further notice. This restriction stems from governmental quarantine guidelines.

Visitation in the personal care center, however, is not affected. Processes for visitation are shown at the bottom of this page. Please note that we have received new federal and state visitation guidance and have incorporated that in our updated policies, linked below. Please check this page for updates. 

Diakon’s overall response to the pandemic is found here, a chart of current active cases here.


Family members should use this page to ...

1) Understand the policies that relate to your visit with a loved one at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village
2) Review your responsibilities when making a visit
3) Acknowledge your agreement with the policies and procedures governing the visit 


Whenever visits are allowed, please review the following important information before you schedule your visit. You will be required to acknowledge your agreement with our visitation policy on a form provided below.

Please note as well that visitation availability or schedules are subject to change at any time, based on changes in COVID-19 guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Our state-required policies are found immediately below; please note that these policies were completed last year as a requirement from the government to schedule the first visits during the pandemic. The information relates to overall visitation policies and processes, with actual visitations available only as current conditions allow and in alignment with CDC and state protocol. The personal care reopening policy has been updated to the 2021 version, reflecting recent CDC guidance. The nursing care one is being updated and will be posted shortly.

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which has caused a worldwide pandemic. People infected with the virus, which is spread via droplet through the air by coughing or sneezing, through close personal contact or by touching an object or surface with the virus on it, can be asymptomatic or have mile to severe illness. Older people and those with underlying health conditions such as heart or lung disease or diabetes appear to be a higher risk of developing serious complications; some die as a result.  

Here are important guidelines for family members or other visitors. If you refuse to adhere to these guidelines, your visit may be shortened or canceled. 

  • Do not visit if you are sick or exhibit symptoms of an illness.
  • Follow the guidelines set forth including seating arrangements and screening process.
  • Sanitize/wash your hands at the beginning and end of your visit as well as during the visit if they become soiled or contaminated.
  • Wear a mask during the entire visit; your mask must cover your nose and mouth. Please bring a mask to your visit; if you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you.
  • We encourage you to maintain six feet or greater physical-distancing.
  • If a resident is fully vaccinated, he or she can choose to have close contact (including touch) with a visitor while wearing a well-fitting face mask and performing hand-hygiene before and after.
  • Cover any coughs and sneezes. Use tissues and discard in the trash, then wash hands immediately after use.
  • Do not walk through any part of the health care center; visitors must remain in designated visitation areas.
  • Do not bring pets to the visit unless they are designated as a therapy pet and appropriate documentation is provided.
  • Directly supervise any visitor younger than the age of 12.
  • Please allow staff members time to properly disinfect contact surfaces to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Important: Download the visitation form below, print and sign it and bring it to your visitation appointment.

Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village will remain vigilant in the protection of all of our residents during the visitation program. If a new case of COVID-19 is discovered, we will follow the CMS guidance dated March 10, 2021, regarding visitation during an outbreak. We ask for your understanding of this measure to protect our residents, staff members and families. In addition, because of Union County’s positivity rate for COVID-19, we are required at this time to test all of our employees monthly. 

Please follow all guidelines noted above.

Visiting:

When you arrive on the Buffalo Valley campus, please ...  

  • Wait outside at the entrance to the nursing care center. A staff member will meet you. 
  • Be sure to bring masks and any other personal protective equipment with you.

To schedule your visit, please contact the Rev. Marian Anderson, chaplain, by calling (570) 523-4254

  • Please follow protocols and procedures including the use of masks, hand-sanitation and physical distancing.
  • Each visit is limited to two people per resident; each visitor must wear a mask.
  • Please download, print and sign the form linked below. You should bring this form to your visit and give to our staff member.
  • Outdoor visits are occurring under the front patio area, located to the left and right of the front entrance and indoor visitations are occurring in the front lobby conference room and/or multipurpose room.
  • No pets are permitted unless they are designated as a therapy pet and appropriate documentation is provided.
  • One additional caution: If, after a visit with your loved one, you experience COVID-19-related symptoms or test positive, please let us know immediately so that we can appropriately monitor and care for your loved one.
  • The safety of your loved one is our primary concern; we encourage you to follow physical-distancing guidelines.

Visitation Steps:

  1. As noted above, please contact the Rev. Marian Anderson, chaplain, to schedule a time for your visit, by calling (570) 523-4254.  

  2. Important: Please print this form, sign it and bring it to your visit. Please give it to our staff member.