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Tests & Treatments at Skilled Care Unit

The following tests and treatments are some of the most common offered by specialists at the Skilled Care Unit. These specialists offer many other advanced tests and treatments for a wide range of medical problems. Please call (708) 660-INFO (4636) if you have questions about specific tests or treatments not listed here. During their stay in the Skilled Care Unit, patients may receive:

  • Physical therapy: Helps patients achieve improved mobility and regain function, independence and quality of life after a stroke, injury or surgical procedure or as a result of chronic pain or disability.
  • Occupational therapy: Helps patients regain function and independence in performing activities of daily living and promote quality of life after a stroke, injury or surgical procedure or as a result of chronic pain or disability.
  • Speech therapy: Treatment for people who have trouble speaking or swallowing or have cognitive issues as a result of stroke, neurological deficits, or disease.
  • Skilled nursing care: Care given or supervised by registered nurses, including direct care; managing, observing and evaluating a patient’s care; and teaching self-care to the patient and his or her family caregiver.
  • Recreation/activities therapy: Provides activities to patients to improve or maintain physical, mental and emotional well-being, including arts and crafts, pet therapy, sports, games, music, and community outings based on patient interests.
  • Social work/case management services: Assess patients’ social and emotional status, financial and benefit resources, and other factors that impact overall well-being and discharge disposition; identify discharge needs; connect patients and families to appropriate services to address identified needs; and educate on navigating post discharge community and health services.
  • Discharge planning: Planning for transition to the next phase of recovery or care– whether to home or elsewhere – involves the patient, family/care givers and the skilled nursing team. Discharge planning includes:
    • Evaluation of the patient by the interdisciplinary team.
    • Discussion with the patient and family members or caregivers.
    • Planning for homecoming or transfer to another care facility.
    • Determining if caregiver training or other support is needed.
    • Referrals to home care agency and/or appropriate support organizations in the community.