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Swing Bed Program


The Swing Bed Program

Swing bed is a term that Medicare uses to describe the way rural hospitals (also known as Critical Access Hospitals), such as Wamego Health Center, can use their beds for acute care and rehab.  It is a level of care that provides patients with nursing services and skilled rehabilitation services.  Wamego Health Center's care includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech/language therapy.  Daily skilled services are provided on an inpatient basis.

The goal of the program is to provide a therapeutic environment that assists patients with self-care and helps them toward improved functional abilities.

Patients may only be admitted through a physician order following at least a three day acute stay in a hospital.

Covered Services

• Nursing care is provided 24 hours a day to assist, encourage, and plan toward restoring as much 
  independence as possible.
• A registered dietitian assists with special diets as ordered by the physician.
• Rehabilitation services such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy when ordered by a physician.
• Medications, laboratory services and medical supplies.
• Services provided by the hospital's activity director and discharge planning coordinator.

Items To Bring To The Hospital

• Three to four comfortable outfits (sweat pants/shirts work well).  The family is responsible for keeping clothes laundered.  The hospital's Laundry Department will launder dirty clothes in an emergency-type situation.  The hospital is not responsible for lost or damaged articles sent to the laundry.
• Comfortable, well-fitting shoes.
• Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, denture cleaner and paste, deodorant, personal cosmetics, or grooming 
   items as desired and appropriate).
• Hearing aid batteries.

If you would like more information on the Swing Bed Program at Wamego Health Center, please contact our Care Coordinator at 785-458-7103.