Swing Bed Care Program

A bridge to optimum recovery

Mille Lacs Health System Swing Bed Care Program is an extended care option for patients who have recovered from an illness or injury but are not yet able to care for themselves at home. It’s designed to meet each patient’s need for continued rehabilitation and recovery in a hospital setting.

Our Philosophy: Our multi-disciplinary team’s goal is to help patients return to their homes independently or with the help of other community resources.

Services include:
Skilled nursing for IV or extended antibiotic infusions, wound care and post-surgery care.
Rehab services such as physical, speech, occupational or respiratory therapies.
Nutritional support and counseling, insulin monitoring, and enteral feeding

Admission criteria to a swing bed is not necessarily based on diagnosis, but rather the skilled needs, which may be different for each patient, depending on:

  • Medical needs
  • Rehabilitative potential
  • Age
  • Complex medical conditions
  • Discharge pain
  • Other chronic illnesses

Your physician must determine the need. Under Medicare, you must have at least a 3-day consecutive stay as an acute care patient before a Swing Bed transition. And, you must have a daily skilled nursing or rehab need at least 5 days a week.

Contact Mille Lacs Health System Discharge Planner: 320-532-2735; or the Director of Nursing: 320-532-2401; or after hours/weekends, call the Acute Care Charge Nurse: 320-532-2415.