Skilled Nursing Facility
ValleyCare's Skilled Nursing Facility is a 26-bed department on the third floor of the Valley Memorial Center on the Livermore campus. As an integrated part of ValleyCare Health System, patients may be transferred to ValleyCare's Distinct Part Skilled Nursing Facility from ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton for continued quality care, or from any acute care hospital in the area. The department offers skilled nursing care and individualized rehabilitation for patients who are medically stable and no longer require acute hospital care. It is designed to help patients make the transition from hospital to home quickly and cost-effectively.
The Rehabilitation Team
Patient care is managed by the family physician and coordinated by a multidisciplinary team consisting of:
- Registered nurses
- A clinical pharmacist
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Registered dietitians
- A resident care coordinator (registered nurse)
- Recreation therapists
- A licensed social worker/discharge planner
- A speech therapist (if required)
- Certified nursing assistants
Each member of the team works with patients to help them restore their maximum physical capabilities and develop strategies for living as independently as possible. The resident care coordinator will work with the team to assess each patient's needs before being discharged and makes arrangements for any needed home care services.
Everything that takes place here has a therapeutic purpose. Programs are tailored to each person's specific needs and areas of interest.
Treatment is intense and short-term. The average stay is 10 to 14 days. Some patients may have a skilled treatment plan that requires a longer stay.
Patients generally are eligible for physical and occupational therapy and, in some cases, speech therapy, long-term antibiotic medication infusion and wound therapy. The clinical pharmacist reviews each patient's medication orders and provides individualized education on new and current medications, ensuring a safe transition to home.
Recreational therapy is also available. Patients can learn how to use adaptive equipment to make daily activities easier and safer. In the fully-equipped kitchen, they are taught how to work around disabilities and how to prepare meals safely and effectively to meet their needs.
Recreational therapy is meant to be fun, and at the same time help people relearn cognitive and physical skills diminished by their illnesses. Patients can also visit with their own pets by arrangement or participate in the Pet Therapy Program.
Family and friends are crucial to recovery. They are encouraged to participate in therapy sessions and in weekly team conferences with the Rehabilitation Team to monitor the patient's individual progress and treatment goals.
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