Skilled Care/Swing Bed
Skilled Care is a level of care for patients who have had an inpatient hospital stay, either VMH or at another facility, and are still recovering from an illness, surgery or accident and are not quite ready to go home. These patients require one or more of the following Skilled Rehabilitation needs:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Skilled Nursing Care
- IV Antibiotics
- Respiratory therapy
Along with the above skilled services, every skilled care patient has these services as needed:
- A Dietitian
- Laboratory and Radiology Services
- Examination by your medical provider weekly or on an as needed basis
- Personalized discharge planning
Skilled care is usually covered by insurance if you meet the insurance guidelines. We assist you in finding out if your insurance covers a skilled stay whether you are on Medicare, a Medicare Advantage Plan or private insurance.
Skilled care gives you the advantage of care close to home and accelerates your recovery phase to help you meet your personal goals of returning back home. It also makes it easier for families or caregivers to participate in the recovery process by learning how to help upon returning home.
Our care team meets with patients and families weekly to ensure the individualized goals and care plans are prepared for the transition to home. Our discharge planning coordinator will assist you in obtaining equipment or other resources to assist you at home. If you are unable to return home, she will assist you in referral for other options.
If you are having surgery or have been transferred to another facility for an illness, talk with your medical provider or social services about transfer to Veterans Memorial Hospital for a skilled stay.
For more information contact: Becky Welper Patient Care Manager at 563-568-3411 extension 225.