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Swing Bed (Skilled Nursing)

After an illness, stroke, injury, or surgery, you may be getting better but still need additional skilled care before returning home.

Skilled nursing is a level of hospitalization care for patients who require certain services. Swing Bed services are extremely beneficial when a patient is ready to leave the acute care level of a hospital stay, but is not yet well enough to return home.

At Allen County Regional Hospital you will receive our highest quality of care, with better staff-to-patient ratios than larger facilities or nursing homes. Patients can recover while they are closer to family, friends and loved ones.

Swing Bed Services

Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance all have their own guidelines regarding skilled nursing care. This makes it important to define your needs to make sure you are receiving the appropriate level of care to qualify for the appropriate coverage.

Skilled nursing services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Rehabilitation services (may include physical, occupational and speech therapies)
  • Frequent laboratory monitoring
  • IV medications or medications requiring monitoring by professional staff
  • Tube feedings and nutritional stabilization
  • Wound management/sterile dressing changes
  • Qualifying bowel and bladder care
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Care of decubitus ulcers
  • Instructions in ostomy or stoma care
  • Terminal care for patients needing pain control or skilled supportive care.

Admission Criteria

Medicare’s qualifications for admission to skilled nursing include:

  • Three-day (consecutive) acute level of care stay within the past 30 days
  • Physician referral for necessary daily skilled service related to hospitalization
  • Medicare Part A (Hospital) Benefit or available days remaining in current benefit period.

Who Needs Swing Bed Services?

Patients often choose skilled nursing/ swing bed services at Allen County Regional Hospital because they can be closer to home and closer to the family and friends involved in their care.

Types of patients that are candidates for Skilled Nursing/Swing Bed include, but are not limited to:

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

For more information on Skilled Nursing contact us at (620) 365-1144