Swing Bed Rehabilitation Program

Sometimes it is necessary to require skilled nursing care after a hospitalization from an injury, surgery or acute illness. Our swing bed program allows you to receive skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services while being close to home and having the support of your loved ones. We help you restore your health and reduce your chances of being readmitted to the hospital, so you can get back to living your life.

Who qualifies for the swing bed program? 

In order for Medicare to cover your swing bed stay, specific qualifying medical criteria must be met. Following a hospital stay of at least three days, an individual must require either skilled nursing or skilled therapy services. Common diagnoses treated in this program include extended IV therapy needs, Orthopedic surgeries (hip or knee replacements), fractures,
post-surgical procedures, neurological disorders (stroke), and generalized weakness due to diabetes and other chronic conditions. The swing bed program serves as an alternative to short-term nursing home care.

What does Medicare cover?

Medicare will cover up to twenty (20) days in full and up to one hundred (100) days with a co-payment, as long as Medicare criteria are met. Medicare supplement will usually pay the deductible as long as Medicare continues coverage. Other medical insurance may cover your swing bed stay, or a patient may pay with private funds.

Click here for more information regarding Medicare coverage for swing bed services.

Our services include:

  • Semi-private room (Depending on patient volumes, you may have a private room)
  • Meals
  • Skilled Nursing care
  • Physical and occupational therapy*
  • Speech-language pathology services*
  • Medical social services
  • Medications
  • Medical supplies and other equipment
  • Dietary counseling
  • Daily activities (Puzzles, board games, music, movies, etc.)

*Medicare covers these services if they’re needed to meet your health goal.

You have a choice!

If you or your loved one is preparing to be discharged from another facility out of the area, we encourage you to talk with your discharge planner and request to be sent to Three Rivers Hospital for the swing bed program to be closer to home for your continued care.

For more information about our swing bed program, please call our Discharge Planner at 509-689-2517, extension 3008.