Swing Beds

Swing Beds


When You Need

Extra Time

To Heal


What is the Swing Bed Program?

Swing Bed is an alternative service when a patient no longer needs the acute care they received in our hospital, yet they may not feel strong enough to return home.

Our Swing Bed post-acute rehabilitation service is designed to provide patients with individualized, in-hospital care and physical rehabilitation to help them reach an optimal level of functioning. This post-acute care is designed for patients who are discharging from acute care, but need temporary additional care that cannot be provided at home or in a long term care facility, and could include patients suffering from an illness, stroke, injury or surgery.

Through a combination of first rate rehabilitative therapies, attentive nursing care and medical supervision, patients gain the strength, functionality, balance and range of motion they need to care for themselves with confidence.

What is the difference between a Swing Bed and Nursing Home?

The most important difference is that Swing Beds are hospital-based.  This means that all services available in a hospital are available to the Swing Bed patient.  Swing Bed Units can accept many patients when other skilled units cannot, due to medical complexity, cost, or availability of ancillary services (IVs, labs, diagnostics, or treatments).

What Patients are Qualified?

Qualified patients who have been admitted to Hills & Dales General Hospital for acute care can transfer to our Swing Bed Program for their rehabilitation phase of recovery and other skilled services without ever leaving the hospital.

Patients who are in another acute care facility can transfer to our Swing Bed Program, allowing you to be close to home, family and friends during your recovery.

You’ll find that Medicare and some other select insurance companies cover post-acute rehab services. Our admissions coordinator will assist with determining whether your insurance covers post-acute services.

If you think the Swing Bed Program might be right for you, please contact our Admissions Coordinator at 989-912-6434 or 989-912-6221.  If you are at another hospital or facility, you can discuss the Swing Bed Program with your discharge planner.

Conditions treated include

  • Recent Surgery
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Wound Care
  • Recovery from hip or joint replacement surgery
  • Extended IV antibiotic therapy
  • Physical deconditioning after major surgery or illness
  • TPN, PEG, and NG Feeding
  • Family & Caregiver Training
  • A resident of the Cass City & surrounding area
  • Other conditions may qualify

What will the program provide for you?

Patients receive skilled rehabilitation, evaluation and treatment services five to seven days per week, or as prescribed. The multi-disciplinary team providing these services includes:

  • Physicians and Hospitalists
  • Qualified Nurses
  • RN Case Manager
  • Licensed Dietitian
  • Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Pulmonary/Respiratory Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Recreational Activities Planner

The Swing Bed Program is designed to increase your independence and help prepare you for returning home.  Our expert care team will work with you to create an individualized, multi-disciplinary treatment plan that outlines recovery goals focused on restoring you to your normal level of activity. The program is focused on independence, so as a Swing Bed Patient, you will be encouraged to do as much as you can for yourself.

What our patients are saying

I actually found that I really enjoyed my time in the Swing Bed Program.  I had a hip replacement and had no intention in staying longer than a few days.  The hospital was impeccably clean, the staff was great, the activities were fun, and I healed very quickly.  It was really nice to have surgery and do my recovery without ever leaving the hospital.
Don Glaza, Ubly, MI



If you or a loved one would like more information about our Swing Bed Program, please call 989-872-2121 and ask to speak with one of our Swing Bed Coordinators.