305 Railroad Ave Suite 5 Nevada City, CA. (530)265-0186

Step Down Facility

An intermediate/step-down facility is defined as a facility
which is organized, operated, and maintained to provide
for the monitoring and care of patients with moderate or
potentially severe physiologic instability requiring
technical support but not necessarily artificial life
support.

A step down facility can be used after a hospitalization
for a patient who is not strong enough to return home.  
These facilities are also called subacute or transitional
units, and are usually located in a hospital or nursing
home. They also typically have a greater
patient-to-nurse ratio.