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Swing Bed Program

As a critical access hospital, Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) 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 PCMH 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. We tailor activities to each individual patient to include interests, hobbies and daily routines. Weekly meetings are held with the Swing Bed Team and you to determine your progress and your continued need for the program.

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 healthcare professionals close to home. As a team, they follow a written plan of care to help each patient achieve and maintain an optimum level of independent functioning. You will have access to physicians, lab, radiology and respiratory therapy 24 hours a day. Our goal is to safely get you home back to your day-to-day routine.

The Swing Bed team approach includes:

  • Dietary.
  • Nursing.
  • Pharmacy.
  • Social services.
  • Physical therapy.
  • Occupational therapy.
  • Physician.

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, like 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.

Admission into Swing Bed Program

You can call and speak to our Swing Bed coordinator at 573.768.3359. If you are currently in another facility, speak with your case manager regarding swing bed and they will contact our coordinator to start the process.

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.

Payment and Eligibility

Payment and eligibility are determined by your insurance provider. 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 our Swing Bed coordinator will assist you by contacting your insurance.