Swing Bed Program
When You Need Extra Time to Heal
Not everyone is able or strong enough to return to everyday living after a hospital stay. Some need extra time to recuperate and recover before returning home.
Gibson General Hospital's Swing Bed Program can help make a smooth transition between acute care and your return home - close to your home in Gibson County. This allows patients to be close to family and friends during rehabilitation, which can speed up recovery.
What is a Swing Bed
After surgery or hospitalization, some patients require additional care and transfer into a nursing home or rehabilitation facility to help improve their physical functioning.
At Gibson General Hospital, we can "swing" you from the hospital into our Swing Bed Program, which includes skilled nursing, physical rehabilitation and other services based on your treatment plan. Even if you were hospitalized elsewhere, you can transfer to the Swing Bed Program at Gibson General Hospital, bringing you closer to your family.
Who Qualifies for Swing Bed
Patients who would benefit from Gibson General Hospital's Swing Bed Program are those who have already been in the hospital for at least 3 days, but require additional nursing care and/or rehabilitation services on a daily basis (for a short term stay of generally 1 to 3 weeks). Examples of patients that would be appropriate for our program are:
- Those needing care after orthopedic surgery, such as joint replacement or fractures
- Patients needing to continue or complete IV therapy
- Patients recovering from an accident, injury or illness
- Post-surgical patients
What to Expect
Our focus is to improve your functional, nutritional and medical health so you can return home. Our team, which consists of a doctors, nurses, rehabilitation therapists (physical, occupational, and speech), a social worker, dietitian and discharge planner, will work with you, your family and your physician to create a treatment plan designed to help achieve your treatment goals.
Why Choose Gibson General Hospital
- Low patient to nurse ratio
- Our hospitalist program ensures that a physician is readily available
- In-house 24-hour emergency care, if needed
- Physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapists, available as needed
- In-house lab, imaging and surgery, if needed
- Most importantly, we're close to your home, family and friends
Payment & Insurance
Medicare and most Medicare Advantage plans often cover the Swing Bed Program as long as the Medicare clinical necessity guidelines for skilled nursing care are met. Most Medicare supplements will pay any co-pays or deductibles if there are any.
It is always a good idea to check with your insurance provider prior to any hospital service for coverage and pre-authorization.
We will be happy to assist you in your recovery. For more information or referral, please call 812-385-9461 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.