A stay in the hospital can be a difficult time for anyone, especially if an intensive surgery or severe illness was involved. Getting back on your feet during your recovery period can be a trying task, and a little bit of help can go a long way in the coming weeks.
The Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Swing Bed Program exists to bridge the gap between your hospital stay and being ready to function at home. The program provides skilled nursing and therapy care to those who are transitioning from their recovery after illness, injury, or surgery.
In many instances, patients are discharged from a traditional hospital setting even though they may still need rehabilitative or skilled nursing care. A Swing Bed Program offers the medical care and assistance in a home-like setting, which best prepares the patient for transition.
At Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, we are proud to offer a comprehensive Swing Bed program to assist our valued patients with their recoveries. Our team of therapists, physicians and nurses provide hands-on support to help patients relearn basic activities, recuperate, and regain their maximum level of independence.
The rehabilitation team’s medical director is a physiatrist. Richard Vermuelen, MD is a Doctor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He brings the following to our team:
Commonly treated conditions include:
Stroke, Failure to Thrive, Joint Replacement, Fracture, Wounds, Amputation.
We make it our top priority to help our patients feel comfortable walking, dressing, bathing, and eating on their own, whilst encouraging participation in other physical activities.
Patients are requested to wear their own comfortable clothing in order to be able to participate in their rehabilitation therapy. We also emphasize the need to remain social and interactive with family, friends, other patients and staff to enhance both mental and physical recovery.
Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital offers the most comprehensive Swing Bed Program in Manistique, combining the expertise of many different disciplines to ensure all our patients’ needs are covered. These include:
“I was especially impressed by the program’s team approach”.
The patient must be covered under Medicare and have been admitted:
~to the hospital as an inpatient for at least three (3) consecutive qualifying days before entering the skilled/swing program.
~to the skilled/swing program within thirty (30) days of discharge from the hospital.
~for the same condition for which they were treated in the hospital.
~certified by a doctor as needing skilled services on a daily basis.
~requiring daily skilled services on an inpatient basis (services which cannot be provided in a lesser care setting).
“The entire staff involved in my care was constantly patient, caring, compassionate and encouraging”.
Skilled nursing facility care is approved and paid for by Medicare. It is covered under the Skilled nursing facility benefit. Factors for determining coverage include an evaluation of the specific illness, care needs and length of stay, all of which will be discussed with the patients through their physician or social services.
Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital’s Interdisciplinary team will meet regularly to discuss the patient’s recovery. When their needs no longer require skilled/swing level of care, we provide assistance in arranging services for home health care, outpatient, or transition into a long-term care facility.