Welcome to our Swingbed Skilled Services Program. Skilled care is an alternative to the earlier hospital discharge as required by Medicare regulations. To meet Medicare criteria for admittance to the Swingbed Program a person must be in need of some form of skilled care. Skilled services that are offered here include the following: nursing therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, psychological consultation, dietary consultation, laboratory, pharmacy, activity, and social services.
The Swingbed Program derives its name from the fact that the patients are "swung" from the acute level of care, after a minimum of 3 consecutive midnights, to the skilled level of care if the skilled admission criteria is met. Upon discharge from your skilled stay, you may then be "swung" to an intermediate care facility or discharged to home. Some of the patients could be "swung" from acute to skilled care and then "swung" back to acute care if their condition warrants.
To assist you in understanding the program, we have listed some of the highlights of the Swingbed Program:
Physician and medical providers will visit patients according to their level of care. Minimum standards are set, but all patients will be seen as frequently as their condition warrants.
Visiting hours are flexible. Immediate family may visit at will unless the physician/practitioner orders state otherwise.
Discharge planning will begin at the time of admission. The patient and patient's family will be actively involved. Swingbed meetings are held once a week with the patient, patient's family (if the patient desires) and all the necessary hospital departments, in order to fully address the patient's needs and facilitate optimal recovery for the patient.
Our goal is to assist you in regaining your health. We would appreciate any questions, comments, or concerns about our program.