Skilled Swing Bed

Swing Bed is a Medicare program designed to provide additional skilled care to those needing extra time to heal before returning home. We are committed to a goal of helping patients who are recovering from an acute hospitalization return to a normal level of functioning.

Our Swing Bed program allows patients to move from acute care to skilled rehabilitation at Tri Valley Health System. This ensures continuity of care for patients needing nursing care by keeping them in the same facility and room with the same provider, nurses and therapists.

Qualifying individuals need daily skilled nursing or skilled rehabilitation services which can only be provided in a skilled nursing facility such as Tri Valley Health System.

Who Can Benefit from Swing Bed Care?

Any patient who does not need acute care but is not ready to go home can benefit from Swing Bed care. Below are examples of patients who may need this service:

  • Recovery from major surgery, joint replacement, vascular or abdominal procedures
  • Extended hospitalization
  • Recovery from a major accident or stroke
  • Pain Management
  • Intensive Wound Care
  • Nutritional Therapy
  • IV Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Therapy: Physical, Occupational, Speech, or Respiratory

How Do I Qualify and Pay for Swing Bed Care?

Medicare will cover skilled swing bed if:

  1. You have Medicare Part A and have available days left in your benefit period.
  2. You have a qualifying hospital stay (a 3– consecutive day acute care stay).
  3. Your provider has determined that you need daily skilled care. Care must be given by, or under the direct supervision of skilled nursing or rehabilitation staff.

Who is on the Swing Bed team?

Tri Valley Health System staff members will meet with patients and their families to discuss needs and goals based on individual patient needs.

Team members include:

  • The patient and his or her family
  • Providers
  • Nurses
  • Social Services
  • Activities
  • Dietitian
  • Physical, Occupation and Speech Therapists
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Wound Care Nurse

This team will prepare the patient to return home by providing education and coordinating services to assist in transitioning to a lower level of care or home.


Tri Valley Health System is very proud to operate a 14 passenger, wheelchair accessible public transportation bus for our service area. Affordable rides are available by appointment. Please call Charity at 308-697-1155 to book an appointment.

For more information regarding Tri Valley Health System’s Skilled Swing Bed services please contact:

Wendy Shifflet

Director of Social Services



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