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Care that Feels Like Home - Skilled Care

nurse holding hands with elderly patient

When you have a loved one in the hospital, what a sense of relief it is to know they are being treated as if they are a member of the family. That’s the kind of care you will receive at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital. In our Swing Bed Program, not only will you recover from surgery, illness or injury right here in our community where you can be close to home, friends, and family but you are treated like a member of our family. “Swing Bed” refers to a hospital-based skilled care program. This type of program is designed to help you when you are no longer in need of acute care in a hospital but are still in need of more rehabilitation before you return home. It’s a short-term care solution until you are ready to care for yourself. Recent swing bed patient, Ellen Plumb, spent ten days at HNJH after recovering from a fall. When it was time for her discharge, she stated, “I didn’t want to leave.” That’s what care that makes you feel like home does.

The HNJH Swing Bed Program will provide you or your loved one, with the following services:

  • Compassionate, skilled nursing services are available 24 hours a day.
  • Physical therapy to improve your strength, endurance, flexibility, motor control, and stability.
  • Occupational therapy to help improve daily living skills such as bathing, dressing, and grooming, or even cognitive skills to get you back to your everyday activities.
  • Speech therapy focuses on communication skills, problem-solving skills, and swallowing difficulties.
  • Respiratory therapy provides oxygen as well as patient evaluations to determine if there is a need for oxygen at home.
  • Wound care provides treatment and dressing changes for wounds such as (but not limited to) surgical incisions, ulcers, and burns.
  • Our discharge planner works with you to ensure a smooth transition when you are ready to return to your home.

Even patients who have received inpatient care or surgery at another hospital can choose to participate in the Swing Bed Program at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital - allowing them to recuperate closer to home. If you are treated at another hospital, you can ask them to coordinate a transfer to the HNJH Swing Bed Program. It is important to know that you can advocate for yourself when it comes to healthcare. Tracy Paramski, HNJH Social Worker, recommends, “If you don’t feel comfortable self-advocating, find an advocate to accompany you when you meet with your healthcare providers, and do it before you need one.”

To be eligible for the Swing Bed Program, you will need a physician’s referral. Patients must also have a three-night qualifying stay in a hospital setting to be Medicare eligible. Although our Swing Bed Program is geared towards patients with Medicare (as a covered benefit), we can accommodate people of all ages as some insurance companies allow for this service.

If you or a loved one have received inpatient care or surgery at another hospital, ask the hospital to coordinate a transfer to the HNJH Swing Bed Program so you can recuperate closer to home. For more information about the HNJH Swing Bed Program, or to arrange a stay, call the HNJH social worker at 906.293.9223.