Visitor registration
The Lutheran Home at Topton, Pennsylvania 

Updated Jan. 18: The visiting hours for all healthcare center and personal care units are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Please be advised that visitation status can change at any moment notice, we will keep you posted as we travel through this journey. We are presently reviewing the CDC guidelines regarding visitation and will update you in the near future. 

The positivity rate in Berks County continues to be over 10% and according to the guidelines, staff will be tested twice a week for those individuals who meet the requirements.

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) Review your responsibilities when making a visit
2) Acknowledge your agreement with the policies and procedures governing the visit 

Please review the following important information before visiting. You are 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.

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 mild 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 exhibiting 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 your visit as noted in guidelines sent to you; your mask must cover your nose and mouth. Please bring mask(s) to your visit.
  • We encourage you to maintain at least six feet physical-distancing.
  • 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.
  • Visits may only take place in the resident’s room, outside (preferred) or in Deibert Hall if weather is inclement.
  • Only certified service animals are permitted to visit indoors. Other pets may attend outside visits with proof of up-to-date vaccination.
  • Directly supervise any youth visitor (see the original reopening plan shown above for information on ages).
  • Please allow staff members time to properly disinfect contact surfaces to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Important: Download the visitation form provided below, then print, sign and bring it to your visitation appointment.


Nursing Care Center visitors, effective June 28

  • For resident rooms 125-181 (A and C wings), please enter via the Rotunda entrance. For resident rooms 200-333, please enter via D-Wing reception entrance (admission entrance).
  • Visiting hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day including weekends.
  • Indoor visits are limited to two persons per resident; if the family takes a resident outside, three visitors are allowed.
  • Visitors are asked to keep visits to approximately one hour.
  • If you are vaccinated against COVID-19, please bring your vaccination card with you to your first visit.
  • Masks are still required when inside the facility.

Personal Care visitors (Buehrle & Breidegam centers), effective June 28

  • For the Buehrle Center, all visitors should enter through the main entrance of personal care, where they will be screened. Those who are vaccinated will be asked to show their vaccination card.
  • Visitors to the Breidegam Center (D1) memory-support community should enter through the admissions entrance. 
  • Personal care visitation is open between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily, including weekends.
  • Be sure to bring masks and any other personal protective equipment with you.

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. 

If you have questions, please contact Colleen Kristula at (610) 682-1334 for health center inquiries and Sarah Connely at (610) 682-1425 for personal care inquiries.

Important: Please print this form, sign it and bring it to your visit. Please give it to our staff member. If you do not have a printer, we have these forms available for you.