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What is Swing Bed Care?

Swing Bed is 24 hour skilled nursing care plus the benefit of “rehabilitation” therapies to help patients transition to home or a long term care facility. Swing bed can also be utilized to help rehabilitate from surgery, illness or accident.

Swing Bed is like a bridge from the hospital before going home. It gives the patient time to heal and adjust before returning to everyday life. Our main purpose will be to provide you the necessary care through a collaborative team approach, facilitating therapists and skilled nursing to obtain the optimal outcome possible.

Some examples of skilled care include:

Rehabilitation such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or speech therapy
Rehabilitation following surgery or a stroke
IV medication therapy following a stabilized illness
Continued wound management care
Pain management
Nutritional guidance
Your physician will determine whether your condition requires a skilled level of care.

How do I Become a Patient in the Swing Bed Program?

Not all patients qualify for the Swing Bed program. In order to qualify, it is essential that the following criteria are met:

1.  You must have already been in the hospital for a minimum of three days as an inpatient.
2.  Your condition must require a skilled level of care which will be determined by your physician.
3.  As a patient, you must be willing to work towards established goals and show progress towards those goals with therapists and other staff while in the program.
4.  You must also have coverage under the Medicare Part A program or private insurance.

Level of Care Provided:

The Swing Bed program allows the hospital to use its beds for patients requiring a reduced level of care.

Patients remain in the same area of the hospital as during an inpatient stay; however, they normally do not require the same amount of care as they received when first admitted as an inpatient. During a Swing Bed stay, each patient’s care is individualized based on his/her needs and goals.

Why Choose Star Valley Medical Center for Swing Bed / Skilled Services?

1.  Acute hospital-based registered nurse around the clock to manage your care
2.  Availability of physical, occupational, speech or respiratory therapy as needed
3.  In-house lab, imaging (x-ray), general surgery
4.  Primary Care physician or hospital-based physician for visits, as needed
5.  In-house 24 hour emergency care, as needed

If you would like more information regarding the Swing Bed Program at Star Valley Medical Center, please contact Mike Kentner, Director of Nursing (307) 885-5810.