Swing Bed Program

When a patient is not quite ready to go home

The AVH Swing Bed program encompasses a skilled rehabilitative level of care that is similar to the care someone would receive in a nursing home on a skilled rehabilitation unit. Each patient’s case is treated individually and catered to their rehabilitative needs.

Swing bed patients are those who no longer require 24-hour acute care, but do require medically supervised nursing care or rehabilitative service on a continuous basis while they heal and strengthen before returning home.

(AVH Swing Bed Program team left to right: Lisa Pranno, PT, DPT, GCS; Rachel Sollars, RN; Marcella Steward-Knable, BSN, RN; Julie Jenkins, RN; Michael Goralka, MD; and Margie Slater, RN. Not Pictured: Michelle Miscione, Phd; Brad Holmes, MD; Marissa Meinema, MS, OTR/L, CBIS; Jamie Britt, RN and Paige Taylor, RN.)
Services offered (based on specific needs of each patient):
  • ​Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Dressing changes
  • Nutritional assessments
  • Psychosocial assessments
  • Medication evaluations
The length of the patient’s stay will depend on each patient’s needs and condition. As patients gain strength and independence to return home, they will meet with the transition team to discuss home needs and arrangements.

Criteria for the Swing Bed Program

  • Patients must be eligible for Medicare Part A or have skilled nursing benefits through private insurance (The Swing Bed Program is funded by Medicare Part A.)
  • Patients must have a three-night consecutive inpatient hospital stay within the past 30 days
  • Patients must exhibit a continued skilled care need related to that reason for hospitalization
  • Patients must continue to have active participation and demonstrate involvement in all aspects of the program and resume daily activities such as:
    • Getting up
    • Getting dressed
    • Participating in organized activities

To learn more about the Swing Bed Program, please contact your physician, or contact one of our case managers, Marcella Steward-Knable, RN or Julie Jenkins, RN at 970.544.1366.

0401 Castle Creek Road
Aspen, CO 81611

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