Swing Bed

If you’ve been hospitalized and are recovering from a surgery, illness or injury, the swing bed program at Spooner Health can help you regain strength and increase independence. After a short-term hospital stay, the swing bed program provides patients easy access to skilled nursing and therapy care to make a smooth and safe transition from acute care back to home.

An interdisciplinary team of physicians, registered nurses, therapists, dietician, social worker, therapeutic activity staff and an RN case manager will care for patients in the swing bed program. This team will conduct regular meetings with patients and their families to discuss recovery progress and discharge planning.


Swing bed focuses on rehabilitating the whole person—including physical, emotional and social functioning. So in addition to the variety of services available, patients have the opportunity to participate in various group and individual activities.

Medicare and many private insurance plans cover swing bed services for a limited amount of time. To qualify for a swing bed admission, a patient must have received medically necessary, acute care services at a hospital that resulted in an inpatient stay of at least three consecutive nights. Admission into the swing bed program may occur at discharge from inpatient care or within 30 days of discharge.

Through various care providers, patients have access to:

  • Skilled nursing care
  • Daily physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • IV therapy
  • Social services
  • Culinary services
  • Recreation and activities
  • Pharmacy