Swing Bed Program

Hospitals with a Swing Bed Program can use its beds to provide either acute care (regular hospital care) or skilled nursing care level.

Swing beds are beds that can be used when patients no longer need acute care, but still require skilled nursing care and rehabilitation.

Sometimes after an illness or injury has required you to stay in the hospital for an extended period of time, you may reach a point where you no longer need acute hospital care but are unable to physically take care of yourself at home. Swing Bed care can be an option that does not require relocation after hospitalization, or separation from support systems in the community.

Our nursing staff and Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy Services work with staff physicians to determine the best treatment plan for each patient, based on the patient’s individualized needs.

Services are provided until your condition is stable or rehabilitation potential is reached and you are ready to go home or to another setting for additional care.

Some examples of patient health situations that may be ideal for Swing bed an option is:

  • Individuals needing physical or occupational therapy
  • Patients with wounds that require special care
  • Patients on IV antibiotic or nutritional therapy
  • Those recovering from major surgery or joint replacement

The KCH Swing Bed Program is licensed by the Department of Health.


Pam Bray, RN, DON
Rev. 2-12