Swing Bed Program: Personalized Care, Close to Home
If you or your loved one need short-term, skilled health care services, Columbus Community Hospital’s Swing Bed program is here to help.The program is meant for qualifying patients who are discharged from the hospital yet have a continued need for medical care.
Swing Bed Unit
Our Swing Bed Unit is made up of five beds located on the third floor of the hospital. If these five beds are full, the hospital has capabilities to accommodate additional patients on the second floor.
Regardless of location, patients admitted into the Swing Bed program are offered around-the-clock assistance from skilled nurses and physicians. This includes activities, group meals and therapy.
The unit offers a very quiet and peaceful environment to allow patients to get the rest they need to recover and return home.
The Swing Bed program is available to qualifying patients, typically those who have completed a three-night inpatient stay. These patients no longer require acute care services but are often not ready to return home. The program also provides care for patients who underwent surgery or experienced trauma. Patients may also qualify for the program due to a new diagnosis or medical condition that requires additional education.
Patients admitted to the program usually stay about 10-14 days. Extended stays may be allowed under certain circumstances.
All patients must be willing and able to participate in therapy.
Medicare, Medicare Advantage and additional insurance plans are accepted on a case by case basis.
Trusted Team of Medical Professionals
The Swing Bed program includes 24-hour registered nursing coverage with a minimum of one RN and one nurse aid available at all times. A physician is also accessible to follow patients in their recovery. Throughout a patient’s stay, these medical professionals work together to provide and execute an individualized care plan for each patient.
Medical professionals are able to perform lab draws and diagnostic testing without leaving the hospital. They can also administer IV fluids and antibiotics.
In addition to this specialized care, a wide array of rehabilitative services is also available for patients. Occupational, physical and speech therapy are offered by seasoned experts. Patients can expect to work with the same therapists throughout their recovery process.
Physical therapy is offered as many as seven days a week, if needed. Occupational therapists are also on hand to help patients build strength by cooking, doing laundry and working on bathing skills.
These therapists may also conduct a home safety assessment prior to discharge, if needed. This assessment ensures that patients’ homes are safe and ready for their return.
Goal of the Program
The goal of the Swing Bed program is to give patients the best therapy and nursing care in the shortest time possible. The intention is to get patients feeling better so they can return to a permanent living situation as soon as possible.
To find out more about our Swing Bed program, call 402-562-3310 or visit www.columbushosp.org.