In-House Therapy Department

Golden Empire Nursing & Rehab Center has an outstanding inpatient Rehabilitation Department. We have a fully staffed Therapy Department offering Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Massage Therapy services. We specialize in rehabilitation of adult and geriatric orthopedic and neurologic disorders. 


Physical Therapy

Our Licensed Physical Therapists and their assistance work closely to provide thorough and comprehensive treatments for orthopedic, neurological and medically compromised conditions. Physical Therapy evaluates and sets up a comprehensive treatment program to address the patient’s individual needs and goals. Treatments include but are not limited to strengthening, balance training, ambulation training, functional mobility training, education and pain management. 

Occupational Therapy

Golden Empire Occupational Therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. We help patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. We also educate patient families about how to accommodate and care for their loved ones. When needed, we help with and recommend medical devices such as wheelchairs and eating aids, and instruct patients and family members on how to use their equipment.

Speech Therapy

Our licensed Speech Pathologists at Golden Empire hold a master’s degree in Speech Pathology, maintain a Certificate of Clinical Competence and are active members of the National American Speech Language and Hearing Association. They provide therapy for swallowing disorders and communication deficits. Here at Golden Empire, our Speech Pathologists specialize in language recovery after stroke, mild cognitive impairment, communication needs related to dementia and transition from tube feeding to oral feeding. 

Tender Touch Therapy

Our wonderful and Certified Massage Therapist Leslie Ramos is available by appointment.

Tender Touch incorporates therapeutic massage, aromatherapy, sensory & tactile stimulation and music to develop an environment in which a person finds stress reduction and relaxation. 

The use of therapeutic, age appropriate massage has been proven to reduce pain and muscle stiffness, helping one perform daily activities with much more comfort. 

Tender Touch can:

  •  Reduce joint and muscle pain
  •  Alleviate muscular tension due to depression, anxiety or fear
  •  Increase circulation to stiff muscles improving mobility and decreasing pain
  •  Increase joint flexibility and range of motion for the prevention of contractures
  •  Assist in the reduction of blood pressure and heart rate
  •  Improve digestion, elimination and restful sleep
  •  Increase self awareness

Our Tender Touch program is managed by our Certified Massage Therapists. You can make an appointment by calling (530) 273-1316. 

Tender Touch is not covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal or most insurance companies. It is a program available to everyone at a fee-for-service rate.

We accept a variety of third party payment sources as well as private pay. Our newly renovated therapy rooms are fully equipped to provide individualized services, independent of the skilled section of the hospital, in a professional and confidential setting.



Golden Empire maintains state of the art rehabilitation equipment. 


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Dear Golden Empire Staff,

On behalf of my family I want to thank you for everything you did for my father. Your entire staff were always so kind and you all took such good care of my dad throughout his stay at Golden Empire.

He was a wonderful man, and he deserved the best when we were not able to care for him at home anymore. He received that from you, thank you.

Thank you also for making his last days comforting and hospice-like. That was a tender and special time for our family.

Thank you for all the special care you gave my father.

With warm regards,