It is very common for patients to experience a gradual recovery of health and strength following major illness or debilitating injury. Unfortunately, sometimes patients are discharged from large hospitals once they are no longer acutely ill but before they are actually well enough to be returned to their home. The reason for this is generally owing to reimbursement policies set by Medicare, which tend to reduce the length of hospital stays.
Patients and their families must often choose between returning to home care prematurely, or else dealing with cumbersome transportation to and from sub-acute facilities located far from the patient’s home.
But there is a better solution. To fill this need for a more convenient rehabilitation for patients who have been discharged from a hospital but still require medical care, our Swing Bed Program has proven to provide quality care close to home.
This is particularly important for elderly Medicare patients who would find it strenuous and stressful to undergo transport to distant facilities.
The Eureka Springs Hospital can thus employ its beds, as needed, to provide acute or skilled nursing care to the patient. The benefit to patients and their families is profound.
Medicare Part A — Medicare’s hospital insurance program — typically will be billed to pay for post-hospitalization extended care services provided by a swing bed hospital, so this benefit may be available to you without any additional out-of-pocket cost.
The Eureka Springs Hospital’s Swing Bed option is a sub-acute program for patients who are ready to be released from the hospital but need just that extra bit of care in a medical setting before they are ready to go home again.
Patients remain in a hospital setting, where they are tended to and treated to specially prepared meals, expert nursing services, housekeeping and scheduled daily activities to speed their recovery.