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Swing Bed

Aspirus offers swing bed care for patients who need to recuperate in a hospital or rehabilitation center for an extended period of time. Patients who may utilize a swing bed program include those who have:

  • A procedure like hip or knee surgery
  • A stroke
  • Complex wounds

Even if you’ve had surgery at another facility, you can ask to be transferred to an Aspirus location that offers swing bed care to be closer to home, making it easier for family and friends to visit.

The goal of a swing bed program is to return a patient to their optimal level of independence, so they can return home.

More about swing bed care

  • Individualized swing bed care is provided 24 hours a day by skilled nurses and physicians, who are committed to keeping patients comfortable and helping them recover as quickly as possible.
  • Licensed physical, occupational, respiratory and speech therapists also visit daily with patients.
  • Patients can wear their own clothing and utilize the hospital’s laundry services to make their stay more comfortable and convenient.
  • Patients also may participate in recreational activities, if offered.

If you or a loved one is in need of rehabilitative care, a swing bed program may be right for you.

Medicare Insurance

Medicare has strict guidelines that must be adhered before you are qualified for swing bed coverage. It is always recommended that you speak with a Social Services representative about Medicare coverage – what has changed, what has been added, and what charges are allowed.

Typically:

  • Daily skilled nursing or rehabilitative services are required
  • You must qualify for the Swing Bed Program on a daily basis
  • You pay nothing for the first 20 days, except for any charges that are not allowable by Medicare. For the next 80 days, you pay a co-pay which may be billable to your supplemental insurance. No benefits are available after 100 days of care.

Private Insurance

Patients with private insurances should meet with a discharge planner to discuss your individual payment requirements.

Typically:

  • Daily skilled nursing or rehabilitative services are required
  • You must qualify for the Swing Bed Program on a daily basis

Ask to speak with a discharge planners at your preferred Aspirus location that offers Swing Bed services.