Swing Bed Program

What is the Swing Bed Program?

The term swing bed refers to the way Medicare reimburses for the care provided to the patient. The patient stays in the same bed, but the level of care swings from acute to skilled rehabilitation.

The purpose of a swing bed program is to provide additional inpatient care to those needing extra time to heal or strengthen before returning home.

What type of health care will I receive?

Since patients' needs vary, the type of healthcare varies as well. When the patient is first admitted, they will be assigned their own room and a plan of care will be developed. Even though the patient will not see the physician on a daily basis, they will still be monitored by nursing staff. The nursing staff will report any changes or additional needs to the physician. The plan of care will be reviewed every 5 to 7 days.

Skilled Nursing

Our nursing staff provide 24 hour, skilled care including assistance in daily activities, IV therapy wound care, and patient/family teaching

Physical therapy

Physical therapists assist in recovery by helping you came back your strength so you can resume life activities are there to see the patient 5 to 6 times

Respiratory therapy

From oxygen therapy and breathing treatments to tracheotomy care, respiratory therapists assist patients to breathe easier and maintain optimum oxygenation.

Speech therapy

Our speech therapist works closely with patients in need of cognitive relearning and swallowing issues to help bring patients back to full recovery

Social work

We will work directly with you and your family, in order to provide the services and resources you need

Nutritional services

Nutrition is vital to a quick recovery. We want to meet both your personal and dietary needs.

Recreational activities

Our staff will help you with activities based on your interests and hobbies

Occupational therapy

The goal of occupational therapist is to restore your daily living increase independence

Who qualifies?

Patients must have at least a 3-day stay as an acute patient and must also need some form of daily skilled nursing or skilled rehabilitation service, which can only be provided in a skilled nursing facility.

When is the Swing Bed appropriate?

Extended Hospitalization
Pain Management
Rehabilitation therapy
IV Therapy
Wounds which are not healing, or need special care
Recovery from major accident, heart attack or stroke
Recovery from major surgery, joint replacement, vascular or abdominal procedures

How Do I Pay?

Medicare will cover if:

- You have Medicare Part A and have days left in your benefit period available to use

- You have a consecutive three day inpatient hospitalizationYour doctor has determined that you need daily skilled care. Care must be given by, or under the supervision of, skilled nursing or rehabilitation staff

- Medicare pays for the entire daily cost for the 1st through the 20th day

- After the 20th day, Medicare pays the daily cost, except for the co-payment that you or a secondary insurance must pay

- Medicare coverage ends at midnight of the hundredth day

*Non Medicare insurance plans follow Medicare guidelines and also cover Swing Bed

What happens when Swing Care ends?

Medicare coverage ends when your skilled care needs end. For non-Medicare patients the length of the stairs, determined by their private insurance plan.

*If the patient continues to need skilled nursing, or we have after their stay, the following options are available:

- Continue recovery at a nursing home
- Return home with home health services
- Return home with outpatient physical therapy

Brandi Sikes. LVN

Swing Coordinator

(254) 675-8322 EXT. 7821
101 Posey Avenue
Clifton, TX 76634


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