What is a Swing Bed Program?
When recovering from surgery, an illness or injury, many patients find they need additional care – after their hospital stay but before they’re ready to return home. Schuyler Hospital’s Swing Bed Program helps patients regain strength, mobility and independence in the shortest time possible.
Our Swing Bed Program is housed on our Medical/Surgical Floor. The program allows patients to “swing” between levels of care from acute medical care to rehabilitation to, if needed, rehabilitation in skilled nursing. This means when the patient’s condition no longer requires hospitalization, but he or she still needs rehabilitation, the patient can remain here at Schuyler Hospital. For patients coming from other facilities, it allows them to return to the community more quickly, while still receiving the appropriate level of care until they can return home, or enter the skilled nursing unit.
Swing Bed patients receive 24-hour care from our skilled medical team in a comfortable and familiar setting. And the transition from acute to follow-up care is seamless. In addition, if needed, diagnostic services, such as x-ray or lab testing, are readily accessible. Patients may remain in the program for as long as they have skilled therapeutic goals to achieve. When patients have met their goals, they will be discharged to home or to another setting.
The Swing Bed Program is ideal for patients needing:
- Wound care
- Recovery from major surgery, joint replacement or vascular or abdominal operation
- Rehabilitation after a stroke
- IV medication therapy or nutritional therapy
- Strength training after a lingering illness or prolonged hospitalization for acute medical care
- Intensive physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy
- Pain management
- Respiratory care
The Swing Bed Program consists of:
- All patients in the Swing Bed Program are under the care of a physician on the Schuyler Hospital Medical Staff.
- Highly qualified nurses on the Medical-Surgical Unit oversee the Swing Bed Program, providing support, care, and patient/family education during recovery.
- Physical and occupational therapists will work to restore patient safety and independence, as well as provide education and training to facilitate a safe discharge. The patients will also be assessed for equipment and service needs before returning home.
- Respiratory therapists teach breathing techniques and exercises to promote optimal breathing.
- Speech therapists assist patients with interpreting and remembering written and spoken statements; help with expressing thoughts through speaking, writing and facial expressions; and promote safe swallowing.
- Clinical dieticians offer nutritional support and education.
- In addition to assisting with any insurance questions, our Case Manager will also help with discharge planning, personal resources and financial needs.
- Finally, because patients are close to home, family and friends are part of the recovery team – helping speed successful healing.
Who qualifies for the Swing Bed Program?
The Swing Bed Program is covered by Medicare and Medicaid, as well as many private insurance plans. Medicare reimbursement requires a 3-day qualifying stay in any Critical Access Hospital (such as Schuyler) or Acute Care Hospital prior to admission to a Swing Bed. If you would like to know whether you or a loved one qualify for this program please contact our case management department.
Other insurances may allow Swing Bed status, but authorization must be assured prior to admission. A PRI & Screen must also be completed by the case manager to assure qualifiers are appropriate.
Schuyler Hospital’s financial counselors can assist with questions about insurance coverage.