Swing Bed

The Swing Bed Program is a Medicare program designed to serve patients who are in a transition phase of illness or recovery and no longer require acute inpatient services.

The patient’s care needs may not be met in a home setting, yet they can still receive care close to home. Our Swing Bed Program provides an alternative to sending patients home when they can transfer to our swing bed program, without leaving the hospital for needed care. Patients receive skilled nursing care and rehabilitation with an emphasis on the patient’s ability to perform and return to daily activities.

The Purpose of
Swing-Bed Care

A hospital that is able to transition from acute care to SNF care allows a patient to stay in one place without having to move between hospitals, nursing facilities, or go back and forth between home and important appointments. It is an especially important service in rural areas because it increases Medicare patient access to this type of care. Come to Hamilton for better care, better outcomes!

Qualifying for
Swing-Bed Care

Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, along with some commercial plans will cover costs associated with care at Hamilton Hospital for Skilled Care or Swing Bed. However, the patient must meet certain criteria.

The patient must be required to receive acute hospital care for at least three consecutive days before SNF care in a swing-bed is an option. The patient must be stable and require daily skilled care, or rehab that is required five days a week. A physician’s authorization is needed, and the patient must participate in Medicare Part A or another insurance plan that will cover the costs of swing-bed care.

What kinds of services are included in swing-bed care?

A swing-bed can provide a complete range of skilled nursing care services that include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV medication therapy
  • Monitoring of vital signs
  • Wound care
  • Teaching and Training

Length of stay – up to 100 days

Medicare allows for up to 100 days per calendar year for skilled care or swing bed care. The first 20 days are covered at a 100%, the remaining days are susceptible to your co-pay. Swing-bed care is not meant to be a permanent care solution. In general, most stays last a few weeks, with the goal to return to your home setting. If long term care setting is more appropriate, Hamilton will make arrangements with area facilities to achieve this as well.