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 your independence. After a short-term hospital stay, the swing bed program provides patients easy access to skilled nursing, therapy care, and other services to make a smooth and safe transition from hospital care back to home.

At Spooner Health, we use a team-oriented approach to care. This team will conduct regular meetings with the patient to discuss recovery progress, goals, and discharge planning. The team may include:

  • Hospitalist: Provider available 24/7 focused on the complete coordination of care.
  • Skilled Nursing Care: Compassionate staff providing assistance with daily care, medication management, and education.
  • Social Services: Specializes in ensuring that the transition to home goes as smoothly as possible and provides resources for in-home needs.
  • Physical Therapy: Assists with regaining mobility and strength.
  • Occupational Therapy: Help with activities of daily living to promote independence.
  • Speech Therapy: Work to improve communication skills, memory, and swallowing.
  • Dietician & Culinary Services: Offers custom menu options for special dietary needs and provides education when needed.
  • Therapeutic Activity Staff: Engages in activities and provides socialization based on the patients' preference.
  • RN Case Manager: Works with providers and insurance.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do people need swing bed?
Patients dealing with a wide range of healthcare concerns can benefit from swing bed care, including those who need:

  • Rehab after surgery
  • Rehab after a stroke or accident
  • Wound Care
  • Long-term IV antibiotics
  • Skilled care due to a recent hospitalization

What should someone expect as a swing bed patient?

  • Even though swing bed is located in the hospital, patients are encouraged to perform their own daily care to maintain independence and dress in their own clothes as their condition permits.
  • Our spacious, private patient rooms allow our patients to have their own space to recover.
  • Meals are served, and activities are provided, in patient rooms or the inpatient lounge.
  • The inpatient lounge provides a quiet place for reflection or visiting. A computer allows patients and family members access to the internet.

Does insurance cover Swing Bed?
Spooner Health's swing bed program is Medicare approved. Many private insurance companies will also pay for swing bed, although pre-certification is often required. Self-pay is also an option.

The length of swing bed stay is determined by each patient's condition.

How do I arrange for swing bed admission?
Ask your healthcare provider about admission to the swing bed program. To qualify under Medicare, admission must be:

  • arranged by a provider
  • after at least three (3) consecutive medically necessary nights as a hospital inpatient.
  • within thirty (30) days of discharge from the hospital for the same condition the patient was being treated for in the hospital.

Patients can be admitted into Spooner Health's swing bed program regardless of where they received their inpatient care. Patients are required to participate in daily skilled care, nursing and/or rehabilitation (physical, occupational and/or speech therapy) and must show progress towards their goals.

Through various care providers, patients have access to:

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