The Swing Bed Program is a Medicare program designed to serve those persons who are in a transition phase of illness or recovery and no longer require acute inpatient services, but whose needs may not be met in a home setting. The Swing Bed Program provides an alternative to sending patients to an inpatient rehabilitation center or long-term care facility, such as a nursing home or skilled-nursing facility. Patients receive nursing care with an emphasis on rehabilitation potential and the patient’s ability to perform activities of daily living.
Types of patients who are candidates for Swing Bed services:
- Patients with recent joint replacements or orthopedic surgery who need daily physical therapy.
- Stroke patients who could improve their level of capability and function with continued daily therapy.
- Cardiac patients needing skilled therapy programs following a heart attack or acute episode of congestive heart failure.
- Patients with long-term illnesses such as cancer or immune deficiency diseases.
Swing Bed Admission Criteria:
- To meet the Medicare criteria for Swing Bed services the patient must have been an inpatient at any acute-care hospital for three (3) days within the previous thirty days. For example, you could have been hospitalized in Alachua County and would still meet criteria.
- Medicare covers Swing Bed services for a specific length of stay. Some other insurance may cover these services, but prior authorization is necessary.
- Our local physicians/clinicians will be happy to work with your primary physician/surgeon, regardless of the location, in order to provide you with the best care possible.
- Scope of services available in the Swing Bed Program include: skilled nursing care, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, social services, mental health services, referral and discharge planning, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.
- IV antibiotics
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Tube feedings and nutritional stabilization
- Wound care
- Care for terminal patients needing pain control or skilled supportive care
- Patient education for insulin administration, testing blood sugars, and diet management
- Instructions in ostomy or stoma care