Sometimes you may have a need to remain hospitalized beyond the acute stage of an illness, surgery, or injury. For instance, specific treatments such as physical or speech therapy may be needed. Our Swing Bed Program makes it possible for you to remain at the hospital for these short-term skilled services until you are able to return home.
What is a Swing Bed Program?
The Swing Bed Program is a short-stay program designed to serve those individuals who are in a transition phase of illness or recovery and no longer require acute care services.
In order for Medicare to pay for the Swing Bed Program, specific qualifying medical criteria must be met. Following a hospital stay of at least three days, an individual must require either skilled nursing or skilled therapy services. Some medical insurances may cover the Swing Bed Program.
Qualifying Medical Criteria
- Daily physical, occupational and/or speech therapy
- Intravenous (IV) or nutritional therapy
- Specialized care for complex wounds that are not healing well
- Respiratory Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Skilled Nursing Care
- Discharge Planning
Benefits of the Swing Bed Program
The Swing Bed Program allows individuals to recover and gain strength as they transition from acute care to home. The skilled care focuses on strengthening and increasing independence.