The skilled area is the section of the facility where the patients who are having PT,OT,ST and skilled nursing care IV ABT, etc. usually immediately after having a stroke, MI, or surgery for knee/hip replacements, CABG etc. They are usually in the facility for only a few weeks. This is the "money making" area of the facility as opposed to the residential or long term side which is the stable (reasonably so) patients who live there indefinitely. The skilled side is today's equivalent of yesterday's hospital med/surg floor. We get people on the 2nd or 3rd day postop. There could be IV's, Trachs/vents, TPN, traction, BiPap/CPap and these patients are more acutely ill and require frequent assessments.