Refugio County Memorial Hospital

Inpatient & Rehab Program

Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Program delivers skilled nursing services in a hospital environment. This program is designed for patients who have progressed beyond the need for acute care but still require specialized inpatient services, like physical therapy or skilled nursing. It serves as a valuable option for those in this transitional phase.

Our program offers a comprehensive range of services aimed at fostering independence and aiding patients in their journey back to a home setting. These services encompass physical therapy, skilled nursing, speech therapy, respiratory therapy, social services, and spiritual support. What sets us apart is our unique nurse-to-patient ratio, ensuring a personalized and attentive experience for every patient.

Swing Bed FAQ

Swing Bed is a term for skilled nursing services in a hospital setting. (Skilled nursing refers to services that must be performed by or under the supervision of professional or technical personnel.) The term “swing” means only a paper transfer; the patient no longer qualifies for inpatient care, but is allowed to remain in the hospital to receive continued care.

Patients who are allowed to stay in the same environment under the care of familiar staff and their own physician experience lower stress, thus conserving energy useful in recovery. Other benefits of the Swing Bed Program include:

  • The patient’s ready access to their Physician
    The patient is able to learn self-care skills that increase independence, decrease anxiety, and form a natural transition to the home setting or back to the nursing home.
  • Because the patient remains in a local hospital, family and friends are able to visit, giving the emotional support so necessary to well being and recovery.

Several services are available through the Swing Bed Program. Your Physician will decide which of these services are needed during your stay. Services include:

  • Skilled Nursing, provided by qualified nursing personnel;
  • Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, an individualized treatment program designed by qualified, licensed Physical Therapists;
  • Speech Therapy provided by a certified Speech Language Pathologist to evaluate the need for language therapy, voice & articulation and fluency disorders;certified Speech Language Pathologist to evaluate the need for language therapy, voice & articulation and fluency disorders;
  • Respiratory Therapy services that are prescribed for assessment, evaluation, treatment and management of patients with abnormal cardiopulmonary function;
  • Social Services available to coordinate community resources for the patient and the family and/or caregiver; and
  • Spiritual Care visits are available upon request.

The admission to Swing Bed must meet all of the following requirements:

  • The patient requires skilled services;
  • The patient requires these skilled services on a daily basis; and
  • The daily skilled services can beprovided only on an inpatient basis in a Swing Bed

Medicare Coverage: Medicare pays 100% for days 1-20, if criteria continues to be met. The physician will evaluate the necessity of the stay on a weekly basis. The Business Office personnel at Refugio County Memorial Hospital are available to assist you by verifying the benefit coverage.

HMO or Private Insurance: If you have an HMO or Private Insurance in lieu of Medicare compensation of Swing Bed care, it is the decision of the primary payer.

The patient’s physician will not visit each day, but be assured the nursing staff will be in close contact with them regarding the treatment plan. Patients are encouraged to do as many activities of daily living by themselves (bathing, personal grooming, dressing, etc) If approved by the physician, regular physical activity is encouraged to improve joint mobility muscle strength, and in some cases cardiovascular fitness.