Swing Bed Program
Meeting the needs of patients in our community.
Welcome: We’re ready To Help With Your Recovery
At Community Memorial Hospital, we understand there are times when a patient no longer needs the acute care they receive in a hospital – yet they may not feel strong enough to return home. For those patients, we offer a comforting alternative. Our Swing Bed Post-Acute Rehabilitation Program is designed to provide patients with individualized, in-hospital care and physical rehabilitation to help them reach an optimal level of functioning.
Patients Who Could Benefit From The Swing Bed Program
- Those who need rehabilitation or therapy after orthopedic surgery, such as joint replacement.
- Those who are recovering from a stroke who do not quality for admission to an inpatient rehab center.
- Those who are receiving IV therapy or wound care.
- Those who need to regain strength and mobility after an illness, injury or surgery.
- Those who need diabetes management.
- Those who need tube feeding or nutrition management.
- Patients in a program to maintain the patient’s current condition and prevent or slow further deterioration.
Who Is Involved In Your Care?
Physicians: Board certified physicians care for each patient and are available 24 hours a day. These experts may also request consultations with other specialists during your stay.
Nurses: Qualified nurses provide daily, individualized care to each patient. Our Swing Bed Coordinator confers with the referring institution to ensure that you have a smooth transition into the program. In addition, we work with your insurance company to determine eligibility and coverage for benefits.
Dietitian: Our registered dietitian can complete a dietary evaluation to determine your nutritional needs, track your progress, make dietary recommendations and provide nutritional education.
Activities Coordinator: Our daily activities consist of board games, crafts, movies and popcorn, trivia, walks, and seasonal activities to name a few. Our activities are geared toward each individual.
Rehabilitation Team: Our comprehensive rehabilitation team includes physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and occupational therapists. Services provided include strength and endurance training, range of motion and therapeutic exercise, and gait training.
Pharmacy: Our registered pharmacists are available 24/7 to advise physicians on the dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications. They can also answer patient questions about prescription drugs.
Social Workers: Our social worker provides psychological support, care coordination, and discharge planning. They interview each new patient to obtain information that helps the interdisciplinary team create a personalized plan of care. They also work to ensure the appropriate health care and social service support and resources have been identified and coordinated for you upon discharge.
What Happens After The Swing Bed Program
Each patient makes progress based on individual medical needs and rehabilitative potential. The interdisciplinary team will continuously monitor your progress and evaluate new goals until they determine you are ready for discharge.
Your Social Worker / Swing Bed Coordinator will assist you in making appropriate arrangements regarding services available in the community and equipment to ensure your safe return home. Therapists can also educate you and your family or caregiver on safe body mechanic techniques and practical adjustments that can be made in your home or residential facility.
Can My Loved One Visit?
Patients need the support and encouragement of their friends and family, whom we invite to visit often.
Visiting hours are 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. daily
Medicare Part A will generally pay for Swing Bed if the patient meets the following Medicare criteria:
- Your Swing Bed care must be related to an acute hospital stay.
- You must need skilled nursing or skilled rehabilitative services on a daily basis, and must be complex enough that services must be performed by or under the supervision of professional or technical personnel.
- You must have had a three-night qualifying stay in an acute care setting in the past 30 days.
Many commercial insurance plans also offer a Swing Bed benefit which would need to be verified by the hospital prior to an admission to Swing Bed.