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Swing Bed Program Can Help!


Swing Bed Programs have been around for some time, but a rise in use has been seen as baby boomers age. Most baby boomers are less likely to go to a nursing home for rehabilitation, instead choosing the Swing Bed Program at their local hospital. And as older adults living not as close in proximity to family members, they are finding the Swing Bed Program is a choice for them. Many small hospitals offer a Swing Bed option along with their other services.

No one likes being away from home while they are recovering, whether it is from a joint replacement or an illness. It has been suggested that fewer transfers between care is better for the patient. And the truth is patients find that staying in the Swing Bed Program to recuperate after an illness or returning to the Swing Bed Program after a joint replacement is easier on them. And that is why the staff at Sabetha Community Hospital recognizes the value of family to the healing process, making our Swing Bed Program ideal because it allows patients to stay close to home-near family and friends. Because every patient is unique, treatment plans are individualized based on need. The Sabetha Community Hospital Swing Bed Program is designed to serve as a transition between acute hospital care and discharge to home, home health or nursing home care. The cost of Swing Bed care is approximately 1/3 of routine hospital services. Swing Bed Services may be paid for by Medicare and/or commercial insurances, depending on if your insurance plan has a Swing Bed benefit, or private pay.

Sabetha Community Hospital's Swing Bed Program consists of five local physicians on staff. Registered nurses and Licensed Practical nurses are there to provide care 24/7. A Social worker, physical therapists, occupational therapist and speech therapists are on staff to provide any services that are needed. The patient also has access to in-house lab, x-ray and clergy. Some of the other services while in the Swing Bed Program include a Registered Pharmacist, and patient lift system for patient comfort and safety, family and friend meals, daily activities and Dialysis nearby, with transportation provided. Upon discharge, the patient will also have access to Home Health and Hospice.

For more information or to ask questions, please call (785) 284-2121 and ask to speak to Wendy Menold, BSN, RN, Director of Swing Bed Services at Sabetha Community Hospital or Jean Ann Holland, LBSW, Social Service Director at Sabetha Community Hospital. Remember, there is no place like home to heal.