The Swing Bed Program allows individuals to recover and gain strength as they transition from acute care to home. The skilled nursing and rehabilitative care focuses on strengthening and increasing independence.
Swing Bed Program
The Swing Bed Program is a short-term stay that provides a level of care between hospital acute care and home for patients who continue to need daily skilled nursing care and/or skilled rehabilitation.
As a part of SHS’s continuum of care process, a swing bed program was designed to provide rehabilitative care for these patients in a specialized family-centered program to help them reach a higher level of wellness and independence. Swing bed stays assist patients in improving their physical, emotional, and social functioning abilities to ensure a safer and smoother transition back home.
What to expect as a Swing Bed Patient
To participate in your rehabilitation and medical plan of care.
To perform some of your own daily personal cares to maintain or regain your independence.
To be encouraged daily to dress in your own clothes, if your condition permits.
Meals are served and activities are provided in your room or a group setting.
The family lounge provides reading materials, TV, movies, and games. A computer allows patients and family members access to e-mail and the Internet.
The Interdisciplinary Team
The Interdisciplinary Team (IT) consists of family practice physicians, social worker, registered nurses, rehabilitation (physical, occupational, speech therapy), therapeutic activity staff, dietician, and RN Case Manager.
The patients and their family are invited to attend regular IT meetings whenever they wish to discuss the patients progress toward goals and discharge planning.
Nursing staff are in close contact with the patients physician as medical needs arise.
RN Case Manager and Social Services, along with the entire IT, will begin planning for the patient’s discharge and post-hospital care immediately upon admission to the Swing Bed program. This provides the patient and their family, or caregiver, the confidence and ability to continue meeting healthcare needs in their own home, or on an outpatient basis if necessary.
How is it paid for?
Medicare and many private insurance plans often cover the Swing Bed program for a limited time.
Self-pay is also an option.
Medical Assistance will not cover a Swing Bed admission but will pay the co-pay required by Medicare after the 20th day.
Pre-Authorization for private insurance must be done prior to admission to the Swing Bed program.
What are the qualifications?
To qualify (under Medicare) for a Swing Bed admission, a patient is required to receive acute care services as a hospital inpatient for a medically necessary stay of at least 3 consecutive nights. Admission into a Swing Bed program may either occur at discharge from your acute hospital stay or within 30 days of discharge.
Patients must require and participate in daily skilled care, nursing and/or rehabilitation (physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy). Patients must actively participate in their rehabilitation and show progress toward their goals.