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.

It is a program designed for those who no longer need acute hospital care, but are not quite able to care for themselves at home. Examples of patients who may benefit from a swing bed stay include those who have had recent surgery, joint replacements, stroke, or other illnesses and injuries.

While in the swing bed program, you will receive daily skilled medical care and treatments similar to what you would receive at a skilled nursing facility. These treatments may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, intravenous medication and other services.

Who will provide your care?

The swing bed team is comprised of a variety of healthcare professionals including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacist, dietician, physical and occupational therapists, respiratory therapists and case management.   The team meets often to review your progress and plan of care. You and your family are encouraged to participate in care planning to support your recovery and discharge preparation.

Do I Qualify for a Swing Bed Stay?

You must have a skilled medical need to qualify for the swing bed program.  Medicare guidelines and your insurance coverage determine eligibility.

Medicare patients require a 3 midnight acute hospital admission.

Commercial insurances require prior authorization. Our swing bed team reviews each patient case and manages the authorization process for you.

Can I Transfer to the Swing Bed Program from another Hospital?

Yes! If you are in the hospital and advised that you need to have additional skilled nursing care or rehabilitation, you can request a referral to Tyrone Hospital’s Swing Bed program.  A member of our team will review your needs and eligibility with you and the referring physician/facility.

How Long Will I be in the Swing Bed Program?

Our goal is to have you ready for discharge in 7-10 days. If you require more than 10 days of skilled care, the Swing Bed Program may not be for you.  In this case a skilled nursing facility may better meet your needs.

What are the benefits of the Swing Bed Program?

Our program is hospital based providing access to any acute hospital services, including emergency care as needed.  Patients familiar with Tyrone Hospital may feel more at ease under the care of familiar physicians and staff.

The  program provides additional time for recuperation and rehabilitation after an acute hospital stay.

Your plan of care is customized based on your unique needs.

The goal of the program is to help you return to your prior level of independence and living situation.

During the Swing bed stay, the patient’s needs are met which increases independence, decreases anxiety and helps create a natural transition to home.

Family and friends are welcome to visit providing the emotional support necessary for well-being and recovery.

For more information or if you have questions about our Swing Bed Program call:

(814) 684-1255 ext 2480


A Note from the Swing Bed Team

Thank you for considering our Swing Bed Program for yourself or your loved one.

As caregivers, we seek to provide you comfort,education, information and the treatment you need.  We have talented and caring physicians and physician assistants who have the knowledge and compassion to help direct your stay.

Our nursing team is second to none in their ability to make you feel like you are their top priority-because you are!

Out therapy department is ready to work hard to help you achieve your goals and get you back home as soon as possible.

For outstanding skilled care to help you through your recovery, ask for the Swing Bed Program at Tyrone Hospital.

A Note About Our Rehabilitation Partners

Tyrone Hospital’s therapy services are provided through a contractual relationship with apex rehab solutions. Apex is a premier therapy provider delivering innovative,industry-leading therapy services.