Swing beds program helps rural areas

From the Pantagraph:

The acute care beds can become skilled care beds for patients who need rehabilitation but who wish to remain in the hospital — or have been transferred from a larger medical center — rather than going to a nursing home.

Patients — with physician permission — may qualify to remain in their hospital room if they need physical, occupational or speech therapy; daily IV or injection treatment; tube feedings; wound care; respiratory treatments; new catheters; or treatment for serious pressure ulcers.

Swing beds have been around for years but may be increasing in popularity as baby boomers age, said Jane McCully, Advocate Eureka case manager and quality analyst.


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