Swing Bed

What is a Skilled Swing Bed?

Swing Bed is a program designed to provide additional inpatient care to those needing extra time to heal or strengthen before returning home.

If certain criteria are met, a patient treated for an acute condition can

remain in the hospital for follow-up care rather than being discharged to home when they are not quite ready or being discharged to a nursing home when they really only need a few more days or weeks of care.

How Do I Get Into the Swing Bed Program?

Once your physician has determined that skilled care is needed, a referral will be made and a nurse case manager will arrange for admission into our swing bed program.

How Do I Pay for Swing Bed?

Swing bed may be paid for by Medicare, private insurance, or the patient. Medicare has certain criteria that must be met before they will pay and most private insurances require prior authorization.

Swing Bed Services:

  • Nursing care 24 hours a day is provided to assist, encourage, and plan toward restoring as much independence as possible.
  • Room and board.
  • Services of a registered dietitian in providing special diets as ordered by the physician, and supervising menu selections.
  • Rehabilitation services such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy when ordered by a physician.
  • Drugs, medical supplies, blood transfusions, laboratory services, and the use of appliances furnished by the program during the stay.
  • Services of the hospital’s nurse case manager/discharge planner.
  • Wound care and IV therapy.

Patient Care:

  • Patients are given a shower 1-2 times/week if their condition allows it. Alternative methods of bathing are provided on other days.
  •  Patients are encouraged to dress in their own clothing and be up and active as much as possible.
  •  Bed linens are changed at bath time and as needed.
  •  Vitals signs will be taken daily. Weights are taken a minimum of weekly.
  • Physicians visits the patient weekly. Between visits, the nurse will keep the physician updated.
  •  Activities are provided per each patient’s interest(s).
  •  Care conferences are held weekly for each patient. Goals are reviewed and updated at each care conference.

 Who do I contact for more information about the Skilled Swing Bed program?

The following staff at Sibley Medical Center would be happy to assist you:

* Kristie Bauer, RN

Nurse Case Manager


* Hospital Charge Nurse

507-964-8415 or 507-964-8416