Columbia Memorial Hospital offers short-term skilled medical and physical rehabilitation care. The Swing Bed Care Program is for patients in transition between acute care and another care facility or home. You might participate in the program if you need continuing care after orthopedic or other surgery, if you need to continue IV therapy, or if you’re recovering from an accident, injury or illness.
Our goal is to care for your medical needs in a comfortable and supportive environment to encourage you to recuperate and regain as much independence as possible.
The Swing Bed Care Program helps prepare you for your next phase of recovery by getting you back to your daily activities as early as possible.
Q: What are the qualifications for the Swing Bed Care Program at CMH?
A: CMH Swing Bed Care is a Medicare-certified program for patients with documented inpatient skilled needs. Other payors require approval on a case-by-case basis.
Regardless of the payor, we must be able to document skilled care needs on an inpatient basis on admission and for continued stay.
Q: Who will assist in my care at CMH?
A: Caregivers from all over the hospital care for you during your time in the Swing Bed Care Program.
Physicians: Your primary physician may provide care for you, if he/she is credentialed to provide inpatient care at CMH and chooses to do so. Otherwise, our hospitalist will follow your care and visit you on an as-needed basis, no less than weekly, to assure your medical needs are met and to help plan your treatment.
Nurses: Our nursing team serves you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The team helps you with activities of daily living, administering medications and treatments and helping you to recuperate.
Care Manager: A care manager works on your behalf to interface with external payor sources and review agencies and communicates with you before and after each meeting to ensure your involvement and prepare for discharge.
Rehabilitation: A physical therapist assesses your movement abilities and designs a treatment program to restore and maximize movement and function. An occupational therapist helps you learn the skills/changes needed for you to be productive, independent and satisfied at home and will meet with you to offer activities to participate in. A speech language pathologist works to improve your communication skills and address swallowing disorders.
Social Worker: A social worker will meet with you to identify ways to support you during your stay.
Q: What happens when I’m discharged from the CMH Swing Bed Care Program?
A: Because each patient progresses at a different rate, we use an interdisciplinary approach to provide greater continuity and communication about your care and treatment. Yourself, your family, your primary physician and/or the inpatient hospitalists and staff from all disciplines (nursing, rehabilitative therapies, etc.) make up the team. The team meets weekly to discuss expected discharge goals specific to your needs and the progress with current treatment for each patient.
The care manager discusses with you and your family (as appropriate) your needs and concerns before the meetings, represents you at the meetings and reviews the outcome of the meetings within 24 to 48 hours after.
The team or the patient/family may request a meeting specific to their care with appropriate team members to discuss the discharge plan in more details as needed.
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