Swing Bed is a program designed to provide additional skilled care to those needing extra time to heal before returning home. The Swing Bed Unit allows patients to move from acute care to skilled rehabilitation at Mason District Hospital. This ensures continuity of care for patients needing nursing care by keeping them in the same facility with the same doctors, nurses and therapist. If any emergency arises during rehab, patients can return to acute care, often remaining in the same room. Our Swing Bed Unit provides the same services as the skilled nursing units at other health care facilities.
Swing Bed patients receive nursing care daily and therapy Monday – Friday and once on the weekends. The care plan also includes treatment to restore the ability to perform activities of daily living such as walking, climbing stairs, dressing and bathing.
Any patient who does not need acute care but is not ready to go home can benefit from Swing Bed care. Below are a few examples of patients who may need this service:
Mason District Hospital staff members will meet with patients and their families to discuss the plan of care and rehab goals. Team members include:
Acute care patients who have stayed at least three days at Mason District Hospital or another hospital and need additional monitoring, IV therapy and rehab therapy.
Swing Bed care is often covered by Medicare and many private insurance plans.