Swing Bed

Sometimes you may have a need to remain hospitalized beyond the acute stage of an illness, surgery, or injury. For instance, specific treatments such as physical or speech therapy may be needed. Our Swing Bed Program makes it possible for you to remain at the hospital for these support services until you are able to return home.

What is a Swing Bed Program?

The Swing Bed Program is a short-stay program designed to serve those individuals who are in a transition phase of illness or recovery and no longer require acute care services.

Who qualifies?

In order for Medicare to pay for the Swing Bed Program, specific qualifying medical criteria must be met.  Following a hospital stay of at least three days, an individual must require either skilled nursing or skilled therapy services.

What does Medicare cover?

Swing Bed is covered under the Medicare skilled nursing faciltiy (nursing home) benefit.  Medicare will cover up to twenty (20) days in full and up to one hundred (100) days with a co-payment as long as Medicare criteria are met.  Medicare supplements will usually pay the deductible as long as Medicare continues coverage.  Other medical insurance may cover the Swing Bed Program or a patient may pay with private funds.

Qualifying Medical Criteria

  • Daily physical, occupational and/or speech therapy
  • Intravenous (IV) or nutritional therapy
  • Specialized care for complex wounds that are not healing well
  • Pain management
  • End-of-life care


  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Skilled Nursing Care
  • Social Work Services
  • Discharge Planning
  • Pharmacy
  • Dietary
  • Activities

Benefits of the Swing Bed Program

The Swing Bed Program allows individuals to recover and gain strength as they transition from acute care to home.  The skilled care focuses on strengthening and increasing independence.

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