Swing Bed Program

Putting your Family’s Healthcare First.
Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center is pleased to offer this service to this community and we look forward to serving you and your family. If you have any further questions or would like more information on this program, you may contact our Swing Bed Coordinator at 918-635-3472 or our discharge planning nurse at 918-635-3323.

What is a Swing Bed?

“Swing Bed” is the term that Medicare uses to describe a hospital room that can switch from acute care status to skilled care status. The actual bed/room does not change; what changes is the level of care that the patient in the room receives.

Who Benefits from a Swing Bed?
Examples of individuals who may benefit from this program include those who have had surgery, joint replacements, stroke patients who do not qualify for admission to a Rehab Center, IV Antibiotic therapy, terminal care or other illness and injuries. The patient will receive daily therapy and care to meet self-care goals established by you and your health care provider.

The patient has more time to recover and gain strength before going home, without having to go to a nursing home to recover. Daily therapy is centered on self-care skills and functional strengthening which will increase the patient’s independence when they leave. There is also continued access to your doctor and hospital services, should the need arise you can return to acute care without changing beds. Your family is welcome to be present and involved.

Patients’ Progress

The goal of the swing bed program at EOMC is to return the patient to a permanent living situation as soon as possible. Although the patient under the swing bed program is in the hospital, the emphasis is on moving the patient to home or other living situation. The medical staff expects the patient to be cooperative, to take instructions and to participate in consistent rehabilitation and physical therapy activities essential to his or her recovery. The patient’s family should feel comfortable encouraging patient participation and learning important strategies for post-discharge care.


When is a patient discharged from Swing Bed?
• They have achieved the maximum benefit of skilled nursing rehabilitation, as determined by the physician.
• The care being provided has become custodial in nature
• The patient’s continuing care requires long term rehabilitation placement.
• There is a change in the patient’s needs/level of care.
• On Average the length of stay is 3-5 days; Medicare will cover up to 20 days @ 100% providing the patient has a skilled need.

Common Diagnoses

Common diagnoses treated in this program include patients with extended IV therapy needs, orthopedic surgeries (hip/knee replacements),fractures, post-surgical procedures, neurological disorders (stroke) and other chronic conditions.

Skilled Nursing Services May Include:
• Rehabilitation services such as that following strokes and joint replacements (may include physical, occupational and speech therapies)
• Frequent Laboratory monitoring
• IV Medications or medications requiring monitoring by professional staff
• Tube feedings and nutritional stabilization
• Wound management/sterile dressing changes
• Qualifying bowel and bladder care
• Respiratory therapy for qualifying procedures
• Care of decubitus ulcers
• Instructions in ostomy or stoma care
• Terminal Care for patients needing pain control or skilled supportive care