By Lynn Renee Steinwachs, Vice President/Administrator at Methodist Hospital
While there is no place like home, there are times when a person recovering
from an illness, stroke or surgery no longer needs acute care but is not
ready or able to return to the home environment. Even if the patient’s
insurance says he or she no longer qualifies for acute care, another sub-acute,
transitional level of care is available at
Methodist Hospital Union County — the Swing Bed Recovery Program — where patients can continue
their recovery and make progress toward regaining independence.
What is the Swing Bed Recovery program all about?
Methodist Hospital Union County’s Swing Bed Recovery Program is a
Medicare certified skilled nursing and rehabilitation program that is
also called transitional care. Our team approach brings together physicians,
nurses, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, speech and respiratory
therapists and social services staff to deliver treatment plans tailored
to each patient’s recovery goals.
What types of services are offered through the Swing Bed Recovery Program?
The Swing Bed Recovery Program can assist patients recovering from major
surgery, major accident, heart attack or stroke, joint replacement, vascular
or abdominal procedures or end stage renal disease. Other patients may
require pulmonary rehabilitation, infusion therapy, end of life pain management,
nutritional therapy or have wounds that are not healing or need special care.
Who qualifies for admission?
There is no upper or lower age limit to admitting a patient to the Swing
Bed Program. Methodist Hospital Union County accepts Medicare, Kentucky
Medicaid, private pay and most types of insurance plans.
How are patients referred to the Swing Bed Recovery Program?
Admissions are handled through the Case Management Department at 270-389-5135.
Marie White or Shannon Bowles will be happy to discuss the discharge planning
process, including transfers to Methodist Hospital Union County for skilled
nursing and/or rehabilitation on our Swing Bed transitional care unit,
located at 4604 US Highway 60 West in Morganfield.
Lynn Renee Steinwachs, MS, BS, LNHA, is Vice President/Administrator at
Methodist Hospital Union County.