Skilled Nursing/Short-Term Rehabilitation and Recovery (Swing Bed)

At Allen County Regional Hospital, we believe that keeping patients close to home and near the support system provided by family and friends is key to a successful recovery.

Why Skilled Nursing (Swing Bed)?

After hospitalization due to an illness, stroke, injury or surgery, a patient may be getting better and be ready to leave an acute care setting, but still need additional short-term skilled care and rehabilitation support before returning home.

The team at Allen County Regional Hospital understands these situations and is prepared to help. We work closely with the patient’s doctor and family members to tailor a recovery or treatment plan to fit each patient’s specific needs. Our patients receive the highest quality of individualized care with better staff-to-patient ratios than what most larger facilities or area nursing homes provide.

What Are the Admission Criteria for Skilled Nursing Care?

Medicare’s qualifications for admission to skilled nursing include:

  • A minimum three-day (consecutive) acute level of care stay within the past 30 days,
  • Physician referral for necessary daily skilled services related to hospitalization, and
  • Medicare Part A (hospital) benefit or available days remaining in current benefit period.

Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance policies each have different guidelines regarding skilled nursing care. Our Allen County Regional Hospital case management experts will work with the patient’s referring physician to define the skilled care needs and make sure he or she is receiving the appropriate level of care to qualify for coverage.

Contact our case management team at (620) 365-1144 or send an e-mail to to learn more.

Who Needs Skilled Nursing Care?

Candidates for skilled nursing may include:

  • Joint replacement or other orthopedic surgery patients requiring frequent physical therapy,
  • Stroke patients who need to improve their level of functioning,
  • Cardiac patients requiring skilled activity programs following a heart attack or acute episode of congestive heart failure,
  • Patients requiring wound management and frequent sterile dressing changes,
  • Patients with long-term illnesses such as cancer or immune deficiency disease, or
  • Patients recovering from illnesses requiring continued IV therapy.

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What Services Does Skilled Nursing Care Provide?

Skilled nursing services at Allen County Regional Hospital are tailored to meet the individual rehabilitation and recovery needs of each patient. Available services include, but are not limited to:

  • 24/7 hospital-grade nursing care,
  • Strong level of communication and partnership with physicians,
  • Physical therapy,
  • Speech therapy,
  • Occupational therapy,
  • Frequent laboratory testing and monitoring,
  • IV medication therapy and support for medications requiring monitoring by professional staff,
  • Tube feeding and nutritional stabilization,
  • Wound management and sterile dressing changes,
  • Qualifying bowel and bladder care,
  • Respiratory therapy including BiPAP,
  • Care of decubitus ulcers,
  • Consultation by a certified licensed dietician,
  • Coordination with visiting physicians for specialty care (cardiology, pain management, rheumatology, podiatry, neurology, etc.) See our monthly Specialty Clinic Calendar for a complete list of visiting specialty physician and clinic days.
  • Instruction in ostomy or stoma care, and
  • Terminal care for patients requiring pain control or skilled supportive care.

Why Allen County Regional Hospital for Skilled Nursing Care?

Allen County Regional Hospital provides both private and semi-private rooms in a comfortable, rural setting. Patient rooms feature a large picture window overlooking a wooded area where wildlife is frequently spotted. For skilled care nursing, physician visits are only required weekly -- but Allen County Regional Hospital expects and encourages daily visits by attending physicians.

Allen County Regional Hospital is a 25-bed accredited Critical Access Hospital that has served Iola, Kansas and its surrounding communities for more than 65 years. In 2013, the hospital opened the doors to a new $17 million facility. This hospital features advanced imaging and lab facilities, on-site rehabilitation services center, 24/7 emergency department, sleep lab, wound care services, home health, hospice, and more.

Keeping patients close to home and close to their network of family and friends is an important element to our patient’s overall care. Neighboring communities in Allen County include Humboldt, Moran, LaHarpe, Elsmore, Gas, Mildred, and Savonburg. We also serve patients with ties to adjacent counties including Anderson County (Garnett), Linn County (Mound City), Bourbon County (Ft. Scott), Neosho County (Chanute), Wilson County (Neodesha), Woodson County (Yates Center), and Coffey County (Burlington).

How Do I Get Started?

For more information on Allen County Regional Hospital’s skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation (swing bed) program, please call our case managers at (620) 365-1144 or e-mail

We are happy to answer your questions and schedule a time to meet for a more personal consultation.