Rehabilitation Services


At Seaport 17th Care Center of Santa Monica, our Physical Rehabilitation team is composed of highly trained and compassionate therapists. The entire rehabilitation team is committed to helping each patient achieve their highest potential.
Patients are encouraged and strengthened through individualized programs to reach goals of increased independence. Patient’s families are also encouraged to participate positively during therapy sessions. We hold our rehab therapy team in high regard, as they are consistently complimented by our long-term and short-term residents and patients.

Physical Therapy


Physical Therapy focuses on identification, prevention and rehabilitation of individuals with physical impairment and pain. Following evaluation, the physical therapist develops an individualized treatment program. The goal is to achieve safety in a variety of areas. The therapist duties can include:

  • Increase strength and mobility in the body and lower extremities.
  • Increase motor control for a patient who has suffered a stroke.
  • Improve coordination, balance and the ability to walk following orthopedic surgery.
  • Improve overall strength conditioning and endurance.
  • Pain management.
  • Teaching proper body mechanics to prevent injury.
  • Promoting safety awareness for the well-being of the resident.

Occupational Therapy


Our occupational therapists use task-directed activities in the treatment of our patients whose ability to function has been impaired by illness, injury or aging.
Therapeutic activities assist our patients in adapting to their social and physical environment by helping them to master tasks essential for daily living. This therapy is created for patients with impaired vision and/or hearing to function well in their environment. Our occupational therapists may work with our patients who have debilitating arthritic conditions or those with difficulty bathing, dressing and other activities of daily living. Enhanced occupational therapy also includes a full kitchen to practice skills such as meal preparation, eating or cleaning.
Treatment goals may include:

  • Prevention of further disability – home assessments and modifications, adaptive equipment.
  • Increasing safety awareness – energy conservation techniques, body mechanics.
  • Functional independence in the activities of daily living – eating, bathing, toileting, dressing, grooming, homemaking.

Speech Therapy


Our speech therapists provide a continuum of services including assessment, education and treatment for language, voice, articulation and fluency disorders. Our treatment programs are directed towards improving communication skills.
We re-train patients who struggle with comprehension, memory, processing and expression abilities. We also instruct the patient or the caregiver in the techniques ranging from head positioning, to promoting safe swallowing at a slower rate, to clearer speech. We also teach patients how to compensate if they cannot be re-trained to their prior level of performance.
Patients admitted to the facility that are receiving nutrition partially or exclusively via a gastrostomy tube are evaluated for their potential to return to solid foods as appropriate.
Speech therapists work to restore the following abilities in communication:

  • Swallowing
  • Speaking
  • Cognition
  • Hearing