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 

Matthews Glen  

Matthews 

NC 

                                                                         2.78 

Phelps Health  

Rolla 

MO 

                                                                          1.81 

The Evergreens - Skilled Care 

Moorestown 

NJ 

                                                                          1.49 

Montefiore Nyack Hospitals Transitional Care Unit 

Nyack 

NY 

                                                                          1.39 

Northern Westchester Hospital Transitional Care Unit 

Mount Kisco 

NY 

                                                                          1.17 

Country House Skilled Nursing Care 

Wilmington 

DE 

                                                                          1.11 

Helen Hayes Hospital Transitional Care Unit 

West Haverstraw 

NY 

                                                                          1.11 

Park Pointe Village Skilled Nursing Care 

Rock Hill 

SC 

                                                                          1.09 

Capitol View Transitional Care Center 

Saint Paul 

MN 

                                                                          1.07 

10 

Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing  

Wyomissing 

PA 

                                                                          1.04 

11 

Beacon Hill 

Lombard 

IL 

                                                                          1.03 

12 

Lee Memorial Hospital - Skilled Nursing Unit 

Fort Myers 

FL 

                                                                          1.01 

13 

Torrey Pines Senior Living  

San Diego 

CA 

                                                                          0.95 

14 

Meadville Medical Center Transitional Care Unit 

Meadville 

PA 

                                                                          0.94 

15 

Holy Redeemer Healthcare Transitional Care Unit 

Meadowbrook 

PA 

                                                                          0.93 

16 

Oak Park Place Nakoma - Skilled Nursing 

Madison 

WI 

                                                                          0.90 

17 

Clara Maass Medical Center Transitional Care Unit 

Belleville 

NJ 

                                                                          0.89 

18 

Advanced Health Care of Salem 

Salem 

UT 

                                                                         0.86 

19 

LindenGrove Mukwonago - Skilled Nursing 

Mukwonago 

WI 

                                                                         0.85 

20 

Wellpark at Shannondale - Knoxville 

Knoxville 

TN 

                                                                         0.85 

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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