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Top 20 skilled nursing facilities by physical therapy hours

Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) provide long-term care for our oldest citizens. They are responsible for delivering  cost-effective yet high-quality care to an especially vulnerable patient population. 

Physical therapy is among the most prevalent specialty care services provided in SNFs, as it addresses three widespread challenges of aging: pain, mobility, and independence. SNF residents may rely on physical therapy to manage the physiological effects of aging or to support recovery following an injury or illness.  

Because physical therapy must be performed by specialists, a facility’s rate of physical therapist staffing hours per resident per day provides insight into its ability to meaningfully support its resident population. 

Definitive Healthcare’s database currently tracks more than 18,000 skilled nursing facilities across the U.S. Using LongTermCareView, we compiled the following list of the 20 skilled nursing facilities able to provide the most physical therapy hours.

Skilled nursing facilities with the most physical therapy hours

Rank Skilled nursing facility City State Physical therapist staffing hours per resident per day Explore dataset
Matthews Glen  Matthews NC 2.78 Explore
Phelps Health  Rolla MO 1.81 Explore
The Evergreens - Skilled Care Moorestown NJ 1.49 Explore
Montefiore Nyack Hospitals Transitional Care Unit Nyack NY 1.39 Explore
Northern Westchester Hospital Transitional Care Unit Mount Kisco NY 1.17 Explore
Country House Skilled Nursing Care Wilmington DE 1.11 Explore
Helen Hayes Hospital Transitional Care Unit West Haverstraw NY  1.11 Explore
Park Pointe Village Skilled Nursing Care Rock Hill SC 1.09 Explore
Capitol View Transitional Care Center Saint Paul MN 1.07 Explore
10 Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing  Wyomissing PA 1.04 Explore
11 Beacon Hill Lombard IL 1.03 Explore
12 Lee Memorial Hospital - Skilled Nursing Unit Fort Myers FL 1.01 Explore
13 Torrey Pines Senior Living  San Diego CA 0.95 Explore
14 Meadville Medical Center Transitional Care Unit Meadville PA 0.94 Explore
15 Holy Redeemer Healthcare Transitional Care Unit Meadowbrook PA 0.93 Explore
16 Oak Park Place Nakoma - Skilled Nursing Madison WI 0.90 Explore
17 Clara Maass Medical Center Transitional Care Unit Belleville NJ 0.89 Explore
18 Advanced Health Care of Salem Salem UT 0.86 Explore
19 LindenGrove Mukwonago - Skilled Nursing Mukwonago WI 0.85 Explore
20 Wellpark at Shannondale - Knoxville Knoxville TN 0.85 Explore

Fig. 1 Data is from Definitive Healthcare’s LongTermCareView. Data is accurate as of September 2022.

Which SNF provides the most physical therapy hours?  

Matthews Glen in Matthews, North Carolina has the most physical therapy hours per patient per day with 2.78. Phelps Health in Rolla, Missouri is second with 1.81 hours and The Evergreens in Moorestown, New Jersey is in third with 1.49 hours.  

There is a noticeable difference between the top two skilled nursing facilities. Matthews Glen has almost a full hour more than second-place Phelps Health. This is likely because Matthews Glen is an incredibly small facility with only 16 beds and makes physical therapy a high priority for its patients. Its small size allows for more individualized care for each person and more time dedicated to physical rehabilitation. By contrast, Phelps Health currently has 242 staffed beds  making for much less individual care time  per patient. 

What is the difference between a skilled nursing facility and a nursing home?  

A skilled nursing facility differs from a nursing home in that it is not designed to be a permanent residence for its patients. The main goal of a SNF is rehabilitation through treatment for specific ailments, after which patients will be released and sent home.  

A nursing home is designed to be a permanent home for older adults in need of long-term care throughout the day. Because many residents require a level of care unavailable in-home or need 24-hour monitoring, nursing homes are equipped to treat patients for long periods of time. In addition, skilled nursing facilities are usually covered by Medicare while nursing homes are not.   

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