Swing Bed Rehabilitation

Putting your Family’s Healthcare First.
Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center is pleased to offer this service to our 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 918-635-3323 or our house supervisor at 918-721-4049. Our fax number is 918-635-3209.

What is a Swing Bed?

“Swing Bed” is the term used to describe a hospital room that can switch from acute care status to skilled/rehab 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/amputations, stroke patients (who do not qualify for admission to a Rehab Center), those needing long term IV Antibiotic therapy, 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. Therapy includes: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, skilled nursing, and the involvement of a registered dietician.

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 encouraged to be present and involved. We also have daily activities, pet visitation, and more.

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 participate in consistent rehabilitation and physical therapy activities essential to his or her recovery.

When is a patient discharged from Swing Bed?

  • They have achieved the maximum benefit of rehabilitation, as determined by the physician and care team.
  • The patient’s continuing care requires long term rehabilitation placement.
  • There is a change in the patient’s needs that requires a higher level of care.
  • Some insurance will cover up to 20 days @ 100% providing the patient has a skilled need.

Skilled Services May Include:

  • Rehabilitation services such as that following strokes and joint replacements (may include physical, occupational and speech therapies)
  • Involvement of a registered dietician
  • 24 Hour provider coverage 
  • Frequent laboratory monitoring
  • IV medications or medications requiring monitoring by professional staff
  • Tube feedings and nutritional stabilization
  • Qualifying bowel and bladder care
  • Respiratory therapy for qualifying procedures
  • Oxygen weaning
  • Care of decubitus ulcers
  • Care of and instructions in ostomy or stoma care
  • Care of complex wounds (certified wound care nurse on staff)