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Picture of a female Nurse standing outside of patient hospital room, in front of the door.
Picture of a female Nurse standing outside of patient hospital room, in front of the door.

Swing Bed Program

As we age, there may be a need for an extended stay at a hospital facility. Once a patient is in an acute setting and is in need of skilled services and has qualifying needs that the hospital can focus on to get the patient back to a prior level of functioning, the patient then becomes qualified for skilled nursing services via our Swing Bed Program.

About Our Swing Bed Program

A care plan is designed to offer continuous nursing care in a hospital setting, with the goal of rehabilitating the patient to a similar quality of life prior to their onset of illness. Our skilled nursing team will assure that every patient who qualifies for skilled services receives a consult for nutrition, physical therapy, activities of daily living, and social service needs.

Specifically, the skilled services team will work with the patient to gain strength to be able to manage their healthcare needs at home.

Skilled nursing services in a hospital setting are available to any community member who would like to remain in a hospital setting, and who also qualifies for skilled nursing services. Our teams of professionals are here for you to make your recovery the best it can be. Our dedicated staff is compassionate about your healthcare.

While in our care and part of the Swing Bed Program, your care team will include you, the hospitalist, skilled nursing staff, rehabilitation therapists, a social worker, an activity coordinator, and our dietary manager.

Services Include:

  • Wound dressings
  • IV administration
  • Ostomy Care
  • Catheterization
  • Injections
  • Vital Signs
  • Tracheotomy Care
  • Strengthening
  • Social Services Consultations
  • Nutrition Services
  • Consultations

Educating patients regarding their disease processes is key to speedy recovery and disease management processes.

Our team of trained staff members will educate the patient on illnesses and diseases. Examples of patient training may include topics such as diabetes, hypertension, and wound care. Our staff has the knowledge and resources to assure that education is available for any type of illness or disease process a patient may be faced with during their course of treatment.

Our skilled and dedicated nursing team is made up of the following:

  • Licensed Physicians
  • Registered Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Dieticians
  • Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Certified Nurse's Aides
  • Physical Therapist

Our Swing Bed Program differs from most skilled nursing facilities:

  • Physicians in the hospital 24/7
  • All the benefits of an acute care hospital, including lab, medical imaging, respiratory therapist, and pharmacy
  • Licensed master-level social worker assigned to every patient
  • Typically a lower nurse-to-patient ratio than your typical skilled nursing facility or hospital
  • No therapy time limitation in order to speed patient recovery

Further, we provide:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Restorative Program
  • Swing Bed Coordinator
  • Social Workers
  • Pet Therapy
  • Pet Visitation
  • Activity Program
  • Care Meetings
  • Other Therapies

Simply put, we are here to make your skilled nursing stay a positive experience for each of our patients.

For skilled services inquiries please contact:
Melinda Griffin, Director of Nursing
(361) 782-7800