Swing Bed Program

What is the Swing Bed Program?
The Swing Bed Program is a short stay program that provides rehabilitation and skilled nursing care following a hospitalization.

Examples of individuals who may benefit from this program include those who have had surgery, joint replacements, stroke patients who do not qualify for admission to a Rehab Center, IV antibiotic therapy, terminal care or other illnesses and injuries.

In the Swing Bed Program you will receive daily therapy and care to meet self-care goals established by you and your care team.

Who will provide your care?

A team made up of a variety of healthcare professionals will provide your care.  Your team will meet on a regular basis to discuss and coordinate your individual needs.  The Swing Bed Care team consists of the following healthcare professionals:

  • You (patient)
  • Your doctor
  • Nurses
  • Social Worker & Discharge Planner
  • Pharmacist
  • Dietician
  • Physical Therapist & Occupational Therapist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Utilization Review Coordinator

What kind of care should you expect?

High quality treatment provided in the Swing Bed Program is similar to care provided in a skilled nursing facility.

During your hospitalization you may progress to the point where your doctor no longer needs to monitor you on a daily basis, but daily medical services may still be needed.  This is called “skilled” care, and is the type of care you will receive in the Swing Bed Program.  Examples of the “skilled” care include:

  • Nursing Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Intravenous Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Dietary Management & Education

How long is the Swing Bed Program?

You can remain in the program as long as you have therapy and rehabilitation goals to meet.  Once you have reached your goals, some patients are able to return home and some patients may need to explore additional care options.  The care team can help in the process by providing options and alternatives for future care when necessary.

The average length of stay in the Swing Bed Program is 10 days or less.

How is the Swing Bed Program paid for?

The Swing Bed Program is covered by Medicare and some private insurance.  A representative from our Swing Bed team will talk with you regarding specific criteria.

What are the benefits of the Swing Bed Program?

  • You have more time to recover and gain strength before going home, without having to go to a nursing home to recover.
  • Daily therapy is centered on self-care skills and functional strengthening, which will increase your independence when you leave.
  • You have continued access to your doctor and hospital services. (Should the need arise you can return to acute care without changing beds.)
  • Your family is welcome to be present and involved.

Can I transfer from another hospital to the Swing Bed Program?

Yes, anytime you are in the hospital and it is recommended that you have skilled nursing facility care or rehabilitation, you can request a referral to Tyrone Hospital’s Swing Bed Program.  A representative of our Swing Bed team will talk to you and your doctor to see if the Swing Bed Program is right for you.

Many patients prefer to come to Tyrone Hospital’s Swing Bed Program for the advantages that come with our community hospital where we utilize “personalized care”.

At Tyrone Hospital you will find the facility is easy to navigate, the atmosphere friendly and the attention personalized.

About Our Physical and occupational Therapists

Therapists provide physical and occupational therapy services offered at Tyrone Hospital from ProCare.

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