Swing Bed Program

Who needs Swing Bed Care?

  • Patients who need rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery or fractures
  • Patients who have suffered a stroke
  • Patients receiving IV antibiotic therapy
  • Patients needing continued wound care
  • Patients who are receiving tube feedings and needing nutritional stabilization
  • Patients who are terminally ill, in need of pain control or skilled supportive care

Who pays for Swing Bed Care?

Medicare Part A pays for Swing Bed, or Medicare-certified skilled nursing services. Health policies differ, so our admission coordinator will verify coverage.

A patient may receive Medicare skilled nursing services when: a patient meets Medicare criteria, has days left in the benefit period and the physician approves the stay.

Transitioning from hospital to home

In many cases, patients are not ready to return home after a hospital stay. They need more time to recover, strengthen and heal before they can step back into the routine of independent living. That’s how the Swing Bed Program of Bienville Medical Center can help.

The Swing Bed Program of Bienville Medical Center is a Medicare-certified skilled nursing program that provides patients with rehabilitative therapy. The program’s qualified, caring staff eases the patients' transition from acute hospital care to home or other residential living arrangements.

Role of the patient & family

Swing Bed patients play an active role in their care. They are encouraged to dress everyday for their participation in therapy, exercises and activities designed to help return home.

Guided by Bienville Medical Center’s caring staff, patients practice skills of daily living such as eating, dressing, grooming, personal hygiene and performing household tasks.

The Swing Bed Team welcomes families to visit frequently and bring books, games and hobbies for their loved ones to enjoy. The Activities Coordinator can then incorporate these into the patient’s care plan.


The Swing Bed program offers the benefit of highly skilled health care professionals. As a team, they follow a written care plan to help each patient achieve and maintain an optimum level of independent functioning. The Swing Bed Team includes:

  • A hospital-based physician who continually confers and communicates with patient’s private physician
  • A Case Manager who coordinates each patient’s care
  • Nurses and professional staff who are here to care for each patient’s needs
  • An Activities Coordinator
  • A Dietitian
  • Therapy Services including: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Respiratory Therapy