Elbert Memorial Hospital

Swing Bed Program

Elbert Memorial Hospital

Services Information

Elbert Memorial Hospital offers our 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 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.

Swing bed admission requirements for Medicare include: a three day acute care hospital stay within 30 days 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.

If you are insured by a Medicare Replacement Plan, these plans may not require the Medicare requirement of the 3 day qualifying stay. Examples of these insurance plans are Humana, United Healthcare or Aetna.

The skilled nursing team at 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, or if you have any question regarding eligibility, please call Sally Turpin at 706-213-2550



All Swing Bed patients have private rooms during their stay. Each room is equipped with storage for personal belongings, a telephone, a television, wash area, bedding, pillows, and a nursing call light.



Our Swing Bed Program not only provides physical rehabilitation, but we provide the support to succeed socially and emotionally.  A variety of activities ranging from Bingo, crafting, movies, games and more will be available on an independent and group setting daily. Patients are welcome to bring their own electronic device to use in their room for entertainment and communication. Access to free wireless internet is available.


What to Bring

  • Outfits (Loose clothing such as: Sweat pants/ shirts, Easy pull on tops and bottoms, etc.)
  • Shoes (Light weight shoes with non-skid tread)
  • Preferred Toiletry Items
  • Equipment or devices used at home (such as a C-PAP Machine)
  • Insurance cards, copy of advance directives, Power of Attorney for Healthcare and/or Finances – if applicable
  • A List of Current Medications



Our Selective Menu is now available to all Swing Bed Patients. Our Dietary staff is pleased to offer entrée items to accommodate all patient’s likes and dislikes. Some patients may have therapeutic diets are ordered by a physician. Our dietary staff will modify meals for these individual patients. Snacks are as available upon request.

Meal Times:
Breakfast 7:30 A.M.
Lunch 12:00 P.M.
Dinner 5:00 P.M.



Patients will be out of their rooms for extended periods each day receiving therapy. Visitors are always welcomed, however the best times to visit are Monday – Friday after 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.


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.