Intensive Short-Term Rehabilitation Program (Swing Bed)

Intensive Short-Term Rehabilitation Program (Swing Bed)

There are times after surgery and hospitalization when a patient no longer needs the acute care yet is not strong enough to return home. For those patients, we offer our Intensive Short-Term Rehabilitation Program (also known as the Swing Bed Program).

After surgery and hospitalization, patients often transfer from the hospital into a nursing or rehab facility to help them improve their physical functioning. Here at Weeks Medical Center, we can “swing” you from post-operative and acute care into skilled-nursing, including physical rehabilitation, right at our hospital.

Even if your stay was at another hospital, you can transfer following discharge to receive Swing Bed Care here at Weeks Medical Center, near your family.

Our Swing Bed Program is a federally-approved program that allows small hospitals such as Weeks to use regular patient rooms to provide this special care.

Skilled Care May Include:

  •  IV Therapy
  •  Skin and Wound Care
  •  Physical Therapy
  •  Occupational Therapy
  •  Speech Therapy
  •  Respiratory Therapy
  •  Pain Management

Qualifications for Swing Bed

Medicare and most insurance companies cover the cost of Swing Bed programs. These services are usually covered under the “skilled nursing facility” benefit category. There are specific criteria that patients must meet to qualify for the program.

Qualifications include: 

  • Swing Bed care must be related to an acute hospital stay.
  • The doctor has determined a need for daily skilled care
  • Willingness to participate in the daily skilled care program
  • A patient must be hospitalized as an “Acute Care Inpatient” (not an “Observation Patient”) for a minimum of three consecutive midnights within the last 30 days.
  • Admissions can come from any hospital, including Weeks
  • You have Medicare Part A or other insurance with hospital-based, skilled-care benefits and days available for skilled level of care.
  • Medicare covers up to 20 days in full and up to 100 days with co-payment as long as the Medicare criteria are met. Medicare supplements will usually pay the deductible as long as Medicare continues coverage. Your individual coverage will depend on how long you meet the criteria. The average length of a Swing Bed stay is 2-3 weeks.
  • Due to our commitment to meeting the needs of all our patients, space and bed limitations will affect the number and type of Swing Beds available at any given time.

Patient Services

Our focus is on improving your functional, nutritional, and medical condition. During your stay our multidisciplinary team will collaborate with you to create a discharge plan and set functional and health status goals.

Swing Bed can include additional care options such as the following:

  • Home Health Care
  • Nursing Home Rehabilitation
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Housekeeping Services
  • Assisted Living Care
  • Outpatient Therapy
  • Other Community Services

Care Conference

A care conference will be planned after a patient is admitted to the Swing Bed Program. The Care Conference may include your nurse, dietician, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, case manager, hospitalist, and others involved in your care. The purpose of the conference is to:

  • Discuss the proposed plan of care
  • Establish goals
  • Discuss discharge plan
  • Discuss ways we can help you achieve these goals during your stay

Answers to Common Questions


Our team is focused on helping you gain your independence. As a Swing Bed patient, you’ll be encouraged to do as much as you can for yourself.

Doctor Visits:

A doctor will visit you at least once each week, and more often if a need arises.


Your comfort is important as you recover and rehabilitate. You will want to wear your own clothes, and your family members will need to provide your personal laundry service. You will need to dress every morning in the clothes you wear at home.

Personal Items:

You may furnish your own personal items. Small items may be brought from home for your comfort. Hospital staff will check all electrical items brought in for safety.


You will be taking part in a variety of daily activities to enhance and help you achieve your independence. You will be given an activities calendar and a list of available activities upon admission to the program. If there are other activities that you enjoy, they may be brought in from home. Please talk with a member of your care team before you bring them in.


Optimal nutrition is important in recovery and continued good health. Meals will be similar to those you received during your acute care stay. The dietician will work with you and your doctor to design a meal plan based on your needs and your food preferences. Swing Bed patients are encouraged to take meals together outside of their rooms.

Patient Valuables:

Your valuables should be left at home. We cannot be responsible for your valuables.

Temporary Leaves:

It may be possible to leave the hospital for a few hours. Please contact a member of your care team. Assistance is available to arrange for a safe outing.

Family/Patient Services:

A social worker will visit regularly to assist you if you are experiencing any difficulties with finances or emotional or social challenges. They will also assist you in setting up appropriate services for your discharge.

Spiritual Support:

Spirituality is something that gives our lives meaning. We are able to obtain spiritual support for you for any of your needs.

Restrictions and Liabilities:

Our expert care team works with you and your doctor to create a unique, multidisciplinary treatment plan. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask a member of your care team.

Nutrition is a very important part of your healing process. Before having food brought in, please talk with a member of your care team.

All medications or treatments must be ordered by your physician. Our staff pharmacists will work with your physician to ensure your medication needs are met. Please do not bring medications into the hospital unless you are instructed to do so.

Weeks Medical Center shall not be responsible for any money, valuables, or personal items brought in to the hospital by you, your relatives, or friends.


For more detailed information about Swing Bed services, call Inpatient Case Management at 603-788-5261

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