PCMH Swing Bed Program

As a critical access hospital, Perry County Memorial Hospital is authorized by Medicare to provide swing bed services, which provide acute and skilled nursing care. In many cases, patients are not ready to return home after a hospital stay. They need more time to strengthen and heal before they can step back into the routine of independent living.

That is when the Swing Bed program of Perry County Memorial Hospital can help. It's a Medicare-certified skilled nursing program that provides patients short-term rehabilitative therapy. The program's qualified caregivers ease the transition from acute hospital care to home or other residential living arrangements.

Swing Bed Care is Used by Patients:

  • Who need rehabilitation services such as physical, occupational, speech, and/or respiratory therapy.
  • Who need to regain strength and mobility.
  • Who receive IV medications or antibiotic therapy.
  • Who need continued wound care.

The Swing Bed Team

The Swing Bed program offers the benefits of PCMH's highly skilled health care professionals. As a team, they follow a written plan of care to help each patient achieve and maintain an optimum level of independent functioning.

The Swing Bed team includes:

  • The patient's physician or a hospitalist.
  • Nurses.
  • Social services.
  • Utilization management.
  • Dietitian.
  • Physical, occupational, speech or respiratory therapists.

The Patient's and Family's Roles

Swing Bed patients play an active role in their care. They are encouraged to wear everyday clothes as they complete therapy and participate in activities and exercises designed to help them return home. Guided by the caring staff, patients practice skills of daily living: eating, dressing, grooming, personal hygiene, and household tasks. The Swing Bed team welcomes families to visit frequently and bring books, games and hobbies their loved ones enjoy.

Additional Care

After a swing bed stay, some patients may need additional care to adjust to living at home again. PCMH Home Health department can provide in-home care to complete the recovery and transition process. PCMH's management team can also help arrange other services to support the patient's transition.


Medicare Part A pays for swing bed, or medicare skilled nursing services, and some private insurance policies pay after verification for skilled care. Health insurance policies differ, so PCMH's utilization management team is available to verify coverage.

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