Skilled Care in Des Moines

The Transitional Care Unit at Iowa Lutheran Hospital has been providing skilled care in Des Moines for over 25 years. Choosing our skilled care services offers our promise of coordinated rehabilitation in a state of the art facility.


  • All private rooms with in-room bathing facilities
  • Great room, including community kitchen, dining and living space
  • Fitness center
  • Salon
  • Walking track with interactive activities for practice with flexibility and balance
  • Common areas for education and healthy teaching opportunities
97% of our patients reported that their skilled stay improved their ability to care for themselves and be successful at home

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When is Skilled Care Needed?

Our skilled care services provide a bridge between hospital and home, helping patients learn and practice new habits in a supervised environment. Skilled care patients typically require short-term physical or occupational therapy for 30-60 minutes per day and/or skilled nursing services seven days per week. Examples of skilled care patients include (not limited to):

  • Acute medical conditions
  • Stroke recovery
  • Wound care
  • Intravenous Antibiotics
  • Post-Surgical Care

Skilled care services will assist you with planning and arranging your health care needs after discharge, including:

  • Inpatient acute rehabilitation
  • Outpatient therapy (add link)
  • Home health care and medical equipment
  • Physician referrals and appointments

Experience in Skilled Care

Our skilled care staff averages more than 10 years of experience. We have a registered nurse on-duty 24 hours a day to provide and coordinate patient care. Additionally, our skilled care program is accredited and highly regarded. Under the direction of UnityPoint Health Physicians who provide exemplary and seamless care throughout each patient's stay. Each year, Transitional Care successfully completes an annual unannounced review by the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals. We also meet the requirements of Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a leading accrediting body.