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Phone: 530.283.7102
Referral Fax: 530.820.1897

What is a Swing Bed Program?

The Swing Bed Program at Plumas District Hospital enables you to recover from a surgery, illness or injury in a hospital setting – near family and friends, until you reach an optimal level of strength and wellness to return home. Plumas District Hospital helps patients achieve this goal through hospital-based skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services.

Swing Bed Information

With Swing Bed, you have access to a comprehensive set of quality services, depending on your needs, including:

  • Need to heal and regain strength through physical, occupational therapies to aid in a safe return home or to other living arrangements, after an acute medical or surgical stay
  • Orthopedic rehabilitation after any surgery
  • IV treatments: including PICC lines and Pora-caths or ports for IV antibiotics. 
  • Wound Care
  • Coordination of care and services before your return home

Stories of Recovery

"While at Plumas District Hospital, I participated in the Swing Bed program and received excellent care from both nurses and doctors. With the combination of physical therapy and occupational therapy, my use of my legs significantly improved. I would highly recommend the Swing Bed program for anyone in need of longer-term care." - Swing Bed Patient

“My father was unexpectedly admitted to Plumas District Hospital. With quick and efficient evaluation of his current condition he was considered a good candidate for the Swing Bed (Rehabilitation) program to aid his recovery. We were provided with a breakdown of what would be provided within the program, which included weekly physical and occupational therapy. The therapy team members provided kindness, along with compassion to help my father build his strength along with his confidence. Because of the Swing Bed program, my father was able to recover to the best of his ability for the next chapter in his health. Being lifelong residents of Plumas County, having a local hospital that can provide that care made the experience less stressful. Thank you, Plumas District Hospital, for providing the Swing Bed program!” - Family member of a Swing Bed Patient

Frequently Asked Questions

Once you are in the program, A Physician and Nurse Practitioner directs your care and works closely with our team of nurses, therapists, nursing assistants, registered dietitians, cardiopulmonary therapists, and nurse case manager/discharge planner. Our team will work with you to achieve your goals to return home. Your length of stay will vary on your need and plan of care, set with you, by your team. An average stay in a Swing Bed Program is between 1 and 2 weeks.

If you find yourself needing time to recover from a surgery, illness or injury, our Swing Bed Program allows you to recover in a hospital setting, with daily access to medical care, skilled nursing care, and/or skilled rehabilitation. We provide Swing Bed at our main Hospital campus in Quincy, California.

Medicare covers Swing Bed Program if you have a three-day qualifying stay as an inpatient and require the services of either skilled nursing care and/or fall within rehabilitation guidelines. Commercial Insurances may offer a skilled care and rehabilitation benefit covering Swing Bed. Paying privately for Swing Bed Care is an option as well. We can help with benefit and coverage questions.

Absolutely. To ensure you can be closer to home for care and rehabilitation, communicate with your physician, nurses, and discharge planner about your wish to use Plumas District Hospital’s Swing Bed Program. Ask your hospital’s discharge planners to contact PDH’s Swing Bed Care Coordinator. 530.283.7102 Fax 530.283.7946

Generally, you can stay in a Swing Bed Program as long as you are making measurable progress as determined by rehabilitation services, nursing, and the physician. You could be in the program for as little as three days, or up to 100 days. After you have reached your goals, Medicare will no longer fund your stay in a Swing Bed Program. Before choosing a facility for Swing Bed, contact the facility to determine if your insurance is contracted; what specific services they offer; and if the facility can meet the needs of the patient or loved one.

Contact our Swing Bed Coordinator at 530.283.7102

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