The Laurels is committed to effective communication during this unprecedented time in our history. We regularly apprise guests, families, and associates to changes in facility status and policy as needed and as deemed appropriate.

We have been humbled by the support we’ve received from the local community and we truly appreciate everyone’s continued cooperation and understanding. For more information and resources regarding COVID-19, see the COVID-19 Resources page.

The Laurels of Defiance

A Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Guests at The Laurels of Defiance find our countryside setting, enclosed courtyard and attractive interior both comfortable and relaxing. Our 107-bed, skilled nursing and rehab center on South Jefferson Avenue in Defiance is just a short trip from Defiance Regional Medical Center and Mercy Hospital.   

Over the years, "The Laurels" has been considered the facility of choice by many people in Defiance County.  At The Laurels of Defiance we are dedicated to promoting the highest level of independence, care  and quality of life for our guests – whether they are with us for short-term rehabilitation, respite or hospice care or have chosen an extended stay with us. 

Our facility is an excellent choice for short- term neurological, respiratory, orthopedic and cardiac recovery, to name just a few – with licensed staff therapists who will work with your physician to create a care plan to transition you from hospital to home as quickly as possible. 

If you plan to stay with us longer, expect to be treated as a member of our own Laurel family. Along with top-notch, comprehensive medical care, you’ll enjoy an attractive dining area with home-style meals and events such as our annual Summer Cookout, Mother’s Day Tea, Spring Carnival, Christmas Extravaganza, Weekly Shopping Trips, and attending the Red Hat and Red Suspenders community groups.  

You’ll experience all this as a recipient of The Laurel Way of Caring, our unique philosophy by which our staff members offer respect, dignity, companionship and compassion to every guest, every day. We believe you deserve it.

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Short-Term Rehab
Short-Term Care

We provide a complete range of services for patients that are unable to return home after a hospitalization. Our programs provide a safe transition from hospital to home with a depth of services that typically can not be provided through home health care or by family members.

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Long-Term Care

Extended and long-term care stays are appropriate for individuals that require greater levels of care and support than can be provided at home or within an independent living setting. Our guests typically need assistance with their daily activities due to physical and/or cognitive limitations.

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Respite Care

Short-term respite stays offer a family or caregiver a short-term reprieve from the demands of around-the-clock care. Our twenty-four hour nursing care at our skilled nursing facilities assures that all medications are taken on time and any necessary medical treatments are provided.

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Hospice Care

Palliative care provides comprehensive symptom management along with guest and family support when cure-oriented treatment is no longer possible or desired. Within a palliative plan of care, emphasis is placed on guest comfort and emotional well-being.

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Fine Dining

You are sure to enjoy your fine dining experience with us. We are proud of our nutritious and appetizing meals serviced in a fine dining atmosphere. Our dining philosophy enables you to experience the service and selections you would expect in a nice restaurant.

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Recreational Activities

We can bring joy to your life through companionship, activities, and laughter. We will establish an individualized activity program and you will receive a monthly calendar that features all of the scheduled events, times and locations so you can plan your activities in advance.

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Physical Therapy
Outpatient Therapy

See how our outpatient therapy can help you reach new heights in your recovery, improve function and gain confidence while maintaining your normal routine at home!

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"Thank you for all the nice things you do and for taking such good care of my loved one."


They were very understanding and professional, especially considering how hard it is to adapt your family member to a new environment! The staff is so friendly and wonderful, they truly do make everyone feel welcome! Thank you for all the hard work put into making our stay so wonderful!


We had several family members in here throughout the years and we can't say enough good things about this place. Everyone was very supportive throughout all of it. Thanks!

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