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The Swing Bed Program

If you or a family member are on the way to recovery, but need a little extra care, the Swing Bed Program at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center might be an appropriate option for you.

St. Joe’s Swing Bed Program offers patients an alternative to going to a nursing home by providing an extended hospital stay.

Why is it called a Swing Bed?

A Swing Bed is like a bridge to heal and adjust after hospitalization before returning to everyday life.

Your actual bed or room does not change; what changes is the level of care you receive. After you have recovered to the point where you can begin rehabilitation, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center is able to offer skilled nursing facility care within the hospital by using a Swing Bed. The Swing Bed Program allows your physician to "swing” your level of care from "acute" to "skilled" rehabilitation while you are in the hospital.

Why Would I Need a Swing Bed?

The Swing Bed Program allows patients who need more days or weeks of inpatient care to heal or strengthen before going home.For example, many patients need rehabilitation after hip or knee surgery before they can go home safely. Or you may have had a stroke or need extended IV therapy.

You can stay at St. Joe’s and receive focused care, but the services are billed differently. You may have been hospitalized in a place away from home and want to transfer closer to home for rehabilitation. You can come here for rehabilitation in a Swing Bed. St. Joe’s offers skilled nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language therapy in a short rehabilitation stay.

Who Qualifies for a Swing Bed?

You must:

  • have had at least a three-night qualifying stay as an acute care patient within the last 30 days.
  • require a daily skilled need such as rehabilitative therapy or IV antibiotics.

Is a Swing Bed Covered by Insurance?

Swing Bed care can be paid in a variety of ways. It may be a paid by some private insurance plans. It may also be covered in combination of private insurance and Medicare. Our staff can help you determine if you qualify under federal guidelines for Medicare coverage.

What Level of Care can I Expect?

Your treatment plan is tailored to your personal situation. Our top priority is to help patients recover independence and mobility in a safe environment.

Our skilled therapists evaluate each patient’s capacity and develop a program to meet achievable goals on self-care skills and body strengthening. Therapists help patients to recover pain-free movement or to learn to handle equipment allowing them to return to some level of self-sufficiency.

Treatment may include:

  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Endurance training
  • Training in activities of daily living
  • Massage
  • Joint mobilization
  • Heat and cold applications