Swing Bed Program
What Is the Swing Bed Program?
At Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center we offer a Swing Bed Program. This program provides patients with an alternative to prolonged acute hospitalization or short-term nursing facility placement for post-acute extended care. If you’ve been hospitalized and are recovering from a surgery, illness or injury, our swing bed program can help you regain strength and increase independence.
After a short-term hospital stay, the swing bed program provides patients easy access to skilled nursing and therapy care to make a smooth and safe transition from acute care back to home. This may include IV therapy as well as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.
Qualifying for the Swing Bed Program
In order to qualify for Swing Bed Services patients need to have had 3 overnight stays in an acute care bed prior to Swing Bed services and have an ongoing diagnosis and needs that require skilled care as defined by Medicare. A patient must also be covered by Medicare Part A. It is important to note that Medicare and many private insurance plans cover swing bed services but only for a limited amount of time. Admission into the swing bed program may occur at discharge from inpatient care or within 30 days of discharge.
How Long Can Patients Stay?
The length of stay in our Swing Bed program is dependent upon individual patient needs and progress. The average length of stay is 7-10 days. Patients can be discharged when:
- They have achieved the maximum benefit of skilled nursing or rehabilitation, as determined by the physician
- The care being provided has become custodial in nature
- The patient’s continuing care requires long-term rehabilitation placement
- There is a change in the patient’s needs or level of care
Your Care Team
An interdisciplinary team of physicians, registered nurses, therapists, dietician, social worker, therapeutic activity staff and an RN case manager will care for patients in the swing bed program. Our care team can help patients that need assistance with the following:
- Extended IV therapy
- Orthopedic surgery recovery
- Recovery from a fracture
- Post-surgical procedures
- Neurological disorders such as a stroke
- Generalized weakness due to CHF, COPD, pneumonia, and other chronic conditions.
Regain Your Independence
We understand that you want your independence, which is why we want to help you regain it while feeling as comfortable as possible. During your time in Swing Bed care, you will dress in your own clothes, attend daily activities, and enjoy visits with family and friends.
Summit Healthcare’s swing bed focuses on rehabilitating the whole person—including physical, emotional and social functioning. In addition to the variety of services available, patients can participate in various group and individual activities.