Occupational Therapy at a Skilled Nursing Center


If you are recovering from a hospitalization, have a chronic health condition, or experienced a serious injury that has impacted your independence your healthcare team may suggest occupational therapy (OT) at a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) to continue your recovery. Occupational therapy can be an essential part of a patient’s recovery journey while they improve their functional skills in activities of daily living (ADL) in order to successfully transition from hospital to home. 

At Prestige Care, your therapy team will work with you to establish a recovery plan to improve your strength, refine motor skills, and achieve independence in daily activities such as eating, bathing, and dressing.

Occupational therapy at a skilled nursing, or post-acute care center has been proven to help reduce length of stay and improve functional mobility.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy focuses on helping patients achieve independence, overcome physical barriers, and accomplish exercises that can help reduce risk of re-hospitalization. It can also help improve motor skills, hand and upper extremity strength, and bowel/bladder control.

Each person’s occupational therapy program is unique to their own medical needs and abilities and may be modified over time. Occupational therapists provide each patient with the tools and knowledge they need to improve their quality of life and return home to their independence.  

Occupational Therapy at Prestige Care

If you or your loved one are recovering at a Prestige Care Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a hospitalization, our clinical team may recommend occupational therapy depending on the extent of the injury. You may be required to participate in occupational therapy if you have suffered a broken joint, head injury, stroke, or any other injury that affects your ability to achieve daily activities or tasks independently.

At Prestige, our occupational therapists consider each person’s unique recovery needs and work with the patient’s clinical team to determine a comprehensive care plan aimed to help the patient achieve optimal recovery and return to their independent life. Upon arriving at a Prestige Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, our occupational therapists will conduct an evaluation to determine each patient’s goals and recovery needs. This will ensure every person has their own customized care plan to improve their ability to perform activities of daily living and reach their rehabilitation goals.

Your therapy team will provide you with ongoing evaluations and measure outcomes with grip strength tests, functional cognitive assessments such as SLUMS and ACL, and evaluate your independence by measuring your ability to perform daily tasks.

Whether you have been hospitalized for a planned joint surgery or have experienced a life-changing stroke, our occupational therapists are dedicated to providing you with the support and care you need to achieve your highest level of independence. They can also assist you in getting properly fitted for an assistive device such as a walker or cane and provide education on how to properly use it prior to your return home.

Occupational therapy exercises are also utilized to help build strength, improve mobility, and regain everyday skills. Upon discharge, we also provide each patient with the education and tools they need to continue their full recovery and enjoy an independent lifestyle when they return home. This may include at-home exercises to maintain mobility, tips on how to keep your home safe to prevent re-injury, and how to manage daily tasks.

Maintaining Your Independence

At Prestige, our goal is to help your transition back to your independent life at home and provide you with the education you need to help manage your health post-discharge. Our team of clinical professionals will work with you to create a personalized plan to ensure you are able to continue living an active lifestyle following your recovery. Learn more about our occupational therapy program by contacting a Prestige Skilled Nursing Center nearest you.