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Swing Bed

Elbert Memorial Hospital offers Swing Bed Program to patients who would benefit from skilled care services in order to reach their highest potential for health and independence prior to returning to their home. Swing Bed services are classified as short-term stay and are provided once acute hospital care is no longer required, but the patient continues to need services that cannot be easily provided in the patient’s home. Elbert Memorial Hospital offers this Medicare program for patients who require one or more of the following services: skilled physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, IV medication therapy, wound care, or other skilled care services.

Services Information

Swing bed admission requirements include: a three day acute care hospital stay immediately prior to admittance into the Swing bed program, stable medical status, a daily skilled care needs (or five days per week for rehab), physician authorization, and participation in Medicare Part A, or other qualified insurance plan.

The skilled nursing team our facility provides includes: the patient and their family, physician, nurses, social services, dietitian, skilled physical therapist and physical therapist assistant, occupational therapist, speech therapist, respiratory therapist, and wound care nurses. We also provide various social activities and we welcome suggestions for activities the patient might enjoy. If you are interested in learning more about Elbert Memorial Hospital’s Swing Bed program, please call 706-213-2550.


After complete knee replacement surgery, I knew I was not ready to go straight home. I contacted Sally Turpin at Elbert Memorial Hospital, and she explained the program, what it entails and what I would be expected to do. I could not have been more pleased with the program. Dr. J. Poon saw me every day looking at my knee and checked the incision. I had Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy everyday from the best trained staff. They were very helpful and taught me how to use a walker, cane, and other assisted items. Swing Bed was a great transition for me.