Short-Term Rehabilitation

High-Quality Therapy & Support That Gets Your Life Back on Course

Ensuring the support you need to live a healthier life.

St. Francis Rehabilitation & Nursing Center provides a wide range of short-term skilled nursing and rehabilitation services for individuals transitioning from a hospital stay, and who are seeking a safe, quick and effective return home.

Our program includes comprehensive physical, occupational and speech-language therapies designed to fit your own needs, reduce your risk for setbacks and restore your ability to perform at the highest degree of independence and functionality.

Individualized Rehabilitation Services to Fit Your Unique Needs

Planning your short-term rehabilitation stay at St. Francis begins before you even arrive. Our staff works closely with case managers and providers throughout the transition, from hospital discharge to admittance at St. Francis, to make it as easy on you as possible.

Once you get settled in, our highly-trained trained team of nurses, rehabilitation therapists, dietitians, social workers and nursing assistants will sit down with you to gain an understanding of your goals and expectations. From there, we’ll develop a personalized plan of care carefully customized to best support you – and help you not only reach your goals, but exceed them.

We’ll continue to cheer you on with every win and motivate you to move forward in any challenging moment. Together, we share in the focus and commitment to restoring your full functional ability and getting you back home in no time.

The St. Francis Approach

Discharging from a hospital to a rehabilitation setting can be a difficult process – you may be nervous, worried, anxious or have many questions. It’s our promise at St. Francis to reduce the stress on patients and families and make the transition as smooth, comfortable and hassle-free as possible.

Our staff will:

  • Work with case managers, providers and family members to streamline admission.
  • Clearly explain the process from admission to discharge.
  • Help you understand your payment options, including Medicare and commercial health insurance coverage.
  • Put together your own rehab team that works in coordination with your surgeon or primary care physician.
  • Give you the highest level of privacy possible.
  • Be available when you need us to answer questions and address concerns.

Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Services are often provided after:

  • Joint replacement and orthopedic surgery
  • Cardiac events and interventions (such as stent insertions or treatment for congestive heart failure)
  • Strokes
  • Respiratory issues

We also provide complex nursing care for a wide range of chronic and acute medical conditions.

St. Francis’ rehabilitation services are provided by licensed Physical, Occupational and Speech-Language Therapists. In addition, our team includes Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) and Physical Therapy Assistants (PTAs).

Having a complete therapy team allows patients to benefit from an integrated approach to therapy. Consistent, repetitive therapy is important for an effective and timely recovery. Rehabilitation services in a skilled nursing center provide the opportunity to receive therapy more than once a day and at times that are optimal for you. St. Francis offers patients flexibility, in addition to the highest level of services.

Physical Therapy is provided by licensed Physical Therapists (PTs) who evaluate each patient and design a custom activity and exercise plan that builds strength and improves range of motion of limbs and joints. PTs help reduce pain, restore functional ability and prevent disability.

Occupational Therapy is provided by licensed Occupational Therapists (OTs) who perform evaluations and help customize therapy that improves the patient’s abilities to perform daily tasks, ranging from self-care to recreational or occupational activities. In addition, OTs design treatment plans and assist patients in improving function, visual, cognitive and general coordination skills. The ultimate goal of occupational therapy is to facilitate a patient’s ability to perform with the highest degree of independence possible.

Speech-Language Therapy is provided by licensed Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) who address communication, cognition and dysphagia (swallowing) deficits that may be due to injury, illness or chronic decline. SLPs provide therapeutic interventions to improve receptive and expressive communication disorders, cognitive-communication disorders and speech impairments due to various types of medical conditions and disorders. SLPs also establish communication systems for patients with hearing impairments, and for those requiring alternative communication systems. Additionally, SLPs play a primary role in the evaluation and treatment of adults with swallowing disorders.

If a new state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym, supportive staff and beautiful setting are on your wish list for a rehabilitation facility, you found the right place at St. Francis.

We offer an experience that is unmatched by any others in the Lakes Region. While the rehabilitation process can be challenging and difficult at times, we strive to offset that in any way we can, with our staff (who will be your biggest cheerleaders); our brand new, spacious rehab gym that keeps you motivated and engaged; and a view that makes you feel like you’re right on the lake.

Our goal for short-term rehabilitation patients here at St. Francis is simple: get you home safely – and as soon as possible.

Don’t get us wrong – when you come into our door, you become family and part of our vibrant community. And when you leave, we’ll miss you. But we know the challenges you’re going through, how your limitations may be frustrating and how being back home is at the top of your mind. So, we’ll work with you as hard as we can to get you to that point.

We’ll simulate your normal lifestyle, creating an environment that mimics your everyday life and routines as much as possible. Your dedicated team of physical, occupational and speech therapists is continuously focused on your own goals and providing services at times that are best for you and your daily schedule.

You’ll also have access to our variety of services and amenities within our close-knit community. There’s an abundance of dining options to meet your needs, whether it’s enjoying delicious cuisine in our restaurant-style dining room, or having food delivered to your room at any time.

There’s also plenty of opportunity for downtime, from reading our extensive collection of books from our library to catching some fresh air in our outdoor patio overlooking Lake Winnisquam.

Your room comes complete with Wi-Fi, phone and cable television, so you can continually stay connected with loved ones, the world around you or simply enjoy your favorite television program or movie. You may bring almost anything to make you feel comfortable, whether it’s your favorite pillow, photos of your family, your clothing, electronics or personal care items. Visitors are always encouraged.

Resident safety and personalized attention, combined with compassionate care, are the foundation of high-quality healthcare at St. Francis.

We are proud recipients of the 2018 AHCA Silver National Quality Award and the 2016 AHCA Bronze National Quality Award for quality and performance excellence. St. Francis also received the ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award (2019) for superior facility performance related to various health, safety and quality measures.

Our resident and family satisfaction levels are well above industry standards, including 100% resident satisfaction levels.

  • Licensed nursing staff 24 hours / 7 days a week
  • On-site physical therapy services
  • On-site occupational therapy services
  • Speech and language therapy services
  • A Medical Director to manage on-site mental health, podiatry, dental, laboratory, optometry, radiology and imaging services
  • A Case Worker to help provide any needed social services
  • An ADA Registered Dietician who works with the culinary staff to ensure nutritional needs are met
  • A Clinical Pharmacist who regularly reviews individual medication régimes and consults with the Medical Director, nursing staff and the interdisciplinary team
  • A new, state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym overlooking Lake Winnisquam
  • Spacious private and semi-private rooms
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Cable television
  • Personalized dining services
  • Guest meal options
  • On-site chapel with weekly Mass and daily Communion
  • Fully-equipped beauty salon

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With today’s shorter hospital stays, many individuals require additional therapy and skilled nursing services for a short time following discharge from the hospital. Often, the necessary services are not practical to be provided at home. St. Francis offers short-term skilled nursing care and rehabilitation therapy that can help enable a safe, effective and quick return to independence.

If you have Medicare coverage, you may qualify for the Medicare Skilled Nursing benefit. If you have commercial health insurance through an employer, you may also be eligible for skilled nursing services. Coverage should be verified through your insurance provider or the hospital’s discharge planner. If you have any questions regarding payment, please contact our Business Office Manager or Social Worker at 603-524-0466.