The Swingbed program contributes to the promotion and maintenance of health, and to the provision of care during illness and rehabilitation. Through the application of the nursing process, a plan of care is developed out of the patient's individualized needs and health problems. Where possible, the patient, his/her family, or significant others are involved in planning for their care. Those working with Swingbed patients are members of the helping profession and, as such, are committed to listening, helping, and caring for the patient. Patient teaching is an integral part of care.
The Swingbed concept believes in the worth and individuality of each person and in the preservation of his/her dignity by respecting at all times each person’s social values and capacity for achievement.
What is Swing Bed?
Swing bed is a special program that provides 24 hour skilled nursing care for patients who require medically supervised nursing care on a continuous basis, but do not require the level of intensive care provided in an acute care hospital.
How do you benefit from Swing Bed?
- You will be able to stay close to home while receiving skilled care.
- You will be able to go to a skilled level of care while meeting your needs for a longer inpatient stay.
- Families will be able to visit with convenience.
- A Swing bed stay in the your community allows increased family involvement for support and training.
- The referring hospital and your family members can be assured that the skilled care needed will be continued by our trained professional staff.
- Decreased burden on your family (travel, cost of gas…)
- Increased patient/family satisfaction (“by not feeling thrown out from the hospital ”).
- A Swing bed stay allows more time for family education, training, etc.
- A Swing bed stay allows for more of an opportunity to identify your needs to assure a safe and sustainable return home.
- A Swing bed admission can prevent early re-admission to a hospital.
Who qualifies for Swing Bed?
- The patient must have Medicare Part A & have available days to use. (A few other conditions may apply also but our coordinator will help with these.)
- The patient must require a skill such as but not limited to, IV Therapy, IV medications, sterile dressing changes, regulation of insulin, rehab after a stroke, hip or knee replacement, or strength training after a prolonged hospitalization. These are just a few of the skills that qualify but there are many others that qualify also.
Benefits at Ashley County Medical Center Swing Bed Program.
Besides having large spacious private rooms, our skilled professionals can work to quickly help you restore independence in your daily living & educate you & your family on safety.
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- IV Therapy
- Tube Feeding
- Wound Care
- Pain Management
- Nutrition and / or Hydration
- Sterile Dressing Changes
- Regulation of Insulin
Paula Summerland, RN
Audra Clark, BS