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Laurels of Defiance

For individuals who are in need of long-term care and short-term sub-acute rehabilitative services, we offer high quality care in a state-of-the-art facility with modern-living amenities and hospitality.

Located on Jefferson Ave, our 107-bed facility is just a short drive from Defiance Regional Medical Center and Mercy Hospital.

 We’re All About You, and we’re here to provide personalized care from highly qualified, professional and compassionate staff with focused attention and innovative best practices.

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We're All About Making You Feel At Home.

We believe that from the moment you walk in to the facility, we have a responsibility to offer you the best. Be it services or experts, we endeavor to make you smile with satisfaction.

  • Professional care that feels personal
  • Pristine home like living environments
  • Healthy meals that actually taste great
  • Compassionate caregivers
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We're All About Offering The Best Career Opportunities!

We’re all about making Ciena the best place to work in the healthcare industry. We offer unrivaled benefits that provide for employees' physical and emotional needs. We always strive to create an environment of respect, compassion, and belonging for everyone. If you are committed to providing the highest level of care and services to our guests and community, your next opportunity is just a click away.

  • Health & Wellness
  • Worklife Balance
  • Career Advancement
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Employee Perks
  • Additional Benefits


Testimonials and Google Reviews

It's All About What Our Guests & Employees Think About Us

The activity director Dawn at the laurels is kind and goes above and beyond. Always willing to help. I love art and she always encourages me.

– Ron

Wonderful staff

– d

Our mother/grandmother was taken to Laurels after neglect at another nursing home resulted in a stay at the hospital. She thrived while under their care. The staff were wonderful about answering our questions, taking our calls, and communicating regularly with us. They treated her really well, and w... Read More

– Scott

Our experience at this place was amazing the people and everyone who is involved in this facility made us and our loved one feel right at home.

– Bird7

I want to personally thank the laurels for their help with my mother. She wasn't able to walk due to being in the ICU and the hospital. She was able to walk out of there today. I am grateful for the help and concern to the staff and residents. Love y'all , thanks again for your help and service.

– Steven

The Activities Department at the Laurels dose such a good job. I believe Dawn really cares about the patients and works really hard to make things nice for them.

– Vonda

Our relative has been in the Laurels for several months now. The staff is friendly. He has made friends and joins in the different activities.

– Carol

The activity staff and director is fantastic. Always something fun to do .

– Corey

My sister was at the Laurels for a year & a half. She loved the activities dept. & socializing. Dawn & Carrie made her so happy. The rehab dept was wonderful about getting her a motorized wheelchair & working with insurance for therapy. Rene worked hard to keep her mobile. The social services dept w... Read More

– Stacy

Staff and management treated my mom with respect and dignity.

– Cathy

The Staff is always so friendly and helpful whenever we make deliveries to this facility. We appreciate your business!

– Julie

The staff here are super nice and approachable. They’re always super helpful whenever I have any questions. They’re always smiling, and every time I stop in, they’re doing a fun activity with the residents.

– Emily


Laurels of Defiance offers a full spectrum of post-hospital services, from a short-term rehabilitation stay to long-term nursing care.

Nursing & Rehabilitation

  • Bariatric Care
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • COVID-19 Care
  • Dementia or Cognitive Deficit Management
  • Hospice Care
  • Long-Term Care
  • Memory Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Outpatient Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Parkinson's Disease Program
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respite Care
  • Restorative Nursing - ADL Care
  • Short-Term Nursing & Rehabilitation
  • Speech Therapy / Speech Language Pathology
  • Wound Management


  • Licensed Administrator
  • Director of Nursing
  • Director, Admissions and Marketing
  • Physician Medical Director
  • Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Rehabilitation Coordinator
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists
  • Dietary Manager
  • Therapeutic Recreation Director
  • Wound Care Team
  • Licensed Social Worker
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Dental, Vision and Podiatry Services


  • Private Guest Rooms
  • Wheelchair Accessible Bus
  • Fine Dining
  • Rehab Gym
  • Beauty & Barber Shop
  • Courtyard
  • Garden
  • Cable TV Hookups
  • Wall-Mounted TVs
  • Telephones

Directions to Laurels of Defiance

1701 S Jefferson Avenue Defiance, OH 43512

Take a Virtual Tour

The best way to tour our facilities is always in person, but if you would like to take a quick peek online, take our virtual tour below or contact us for more information.


Please contact your insurance representative and the Ciena Center if you do not see your insurance plan. The participation in an insurance plan does not guarantee payment for services provided. Please contact your insurance representative and our staff to verify coverage.

  • Aetna
  • Aetna Better Health of Ohio
  • Anthem BCBS
  • Bright Health Plan
  • Buckeye Health Plan
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Humana
  • MedRisk
  • Molina
  • OhioHealth Group
  • Paramount
  • Tricare-Certified
  • United Healthcare


Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) like Ciena Healthcare provide crucial services for our most vulnerable population: the frail and elderly. Today’s SNFs have significantly evolved over time to provide both long-term comprehensive care and short-term rehabilitation services. However, in comparison to other medical settings, especially hospitals, SNFs are often overlooked for important resources and funding.

As health care evolves, skilled nursing facilities are increasingly providing care previously delivered in hospitals. Nationwide, the 65 and older population will double over the next 20 years. By 2040, it could triple. As our population ages, SNFs are becoming increasingly vital to the care and wellbeing of our seniors.

SNFs need advocates and allies to actively engage with their representatives and speak up about important issues facing our industry. This page is designed to share ways you can help support SNFs and the vital services they provide for our elders.

Contact Your Elected Officials and Voice Your Support for SNFs!

It is crucial the voices of SNF supporters be heard by Congress. Members of Congress value their constituents’ opinions and it is critical they hear from our advocates and allies.

Click here to locate your elected officials and “Speak Up” for SNFs!

American Health Care Association Action Center

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents the collective interests of more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers, and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities.

Click here to support the pressing issues AHCA is pursuing with the federal government.

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