Skilled nursing facilities provide care for people who are not yet able to care for themselves at home. The goal is for you to return home and care for yourself.
While a physician will supervise your care, other trained health professionals will be helping you grow stronger:
Registered nurses will care for any wound, give you the correct medications, and help monitor other medical problems.
Physical therapists will teach you how to make your muscles stronger and get up and sit down from a chair, toilet, or bed. They will also teach you how to climb steps, keep your balance, and use your walker, cane, or crutches.
Occupational therapists will teach you the skills you need to perform everyday tasks at home.
Speech and language therapists will evaluate and treat problems with swallowing, speaking, and understanding.
C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.