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Swing Bed Program


The Swing Bed Program at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital enables the physician to “Swing” the level of care provided to our patients from acute medical care to a skilled level of care. The skilled level of care utilizes the same room for the patient and focuses on rehabilitation with the primary goal of enabling patients to return home or to their previous level of activities of daily living.

Who Needs Swing Bed Care?

  • Patients who need rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery or fractures.
  • Patients receiving IV antibiotic therapy.
  • Patients needing skilled wound care.
  • Patients needing to regain strength and mobility after a stroke or after a period of illness.

To qualify for Swing Bed care, a recipient must have completed a three midnight acute Inpatient stay, either at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital or another acute care facility.

Who Pays for Swing Bed Care?

Medicare and most insurance policies will pay for Swing Bed care if a patient meets admission criteria of requiring skilled care at an inpatient level. Health policies differ, so our Case Manager will verify coverage. As long as a patient meets insurance criteria, has days left in the benefit period and the doctor approves the stay, a patient may receive Swing Bed services.  The average length of stay is 7-10 days.

The Patient’s and Family’s Roles:

Swing Bed patients play an active role in their care.  Patients will be encouraged to wear loose comfortable clothes and closed toe and heel shoes as they complete therapy and participate in activities and exercise designed to help them return home.  Guided by St. Mary’s Good Samaritan staff, patients practice skills of daily living:  eating, dressing, grooming, personal hygiene and household tasks.  Patients are encouraged to get dressed in the mornings, go to the activities room for meals, participate in their care and to walk to the restroom if able, sit out of bed for meals, walk in hallways with therapy or nursing staff, use a provided wheelchair when out of the room alone or with family, and participate in all therapy activities.

The Swing Bed team welcomes families to visit frequently and bring books, games and hobbies their loved ones might enjoy.  The staff will incorporate these into your care plan.  The patients may only leave the facility for medically necessary physician appointments. Family is responsible for the laundry of clothes.

Items From Home: 

5-7 outfits of loose comfortable clothes, closed toe and heel shoes, walker or cane, books, hobbies and family pictures.

Additional Care Available

After a Swing Bed stay, some patients may need additional care to adjust to living at home again.  Home Healthcare or Outpatient Rehabilitation is available to complete the recovery process.

For additional information on the Swing Bed Program at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital, please contact Case Management at 706.453.5019.