The Skilled Nursing Program (Swing Bed Program) is a hospital-based
intensive program designed to help individuals who no longer need acute
care in a hospital, yet need more skilled short-term rehabilitation
services before they return home. Common diagnoses treated in skilled
nursing programs include orthopedic injuries (hip/knee replacements,
fractures, post-surgical procedures), neurological disorders (stroke,
Parkinsons disease), generalized weakness due to diagnoses such as CHF,
pneumonia, COPD, back injuries, gait abnormalities, some chronic disorders and
cognitive deficits. An interdisciplinary care team meets weekly to
address each patients needs while creating realistic goals that are met
through the use of nursing services, physical therapy, speech and
occupational therapy, and other clinical services.
The Skilled Nursing
Program is geared to those with Medicare benefits, as this is a
Medicare-based service. Some private insurance companies will negotiate this
service and arrangements can also be made for self-pay. Stays are anticipated
to be short-term, and admission and length of stay are based on
specific criteria. Skilled Nursing patients are accepted from many different
hospitals. A physician referral is required for this service.
more information, please call (618) 327-2292.