Swing Bed Program

The swing bed program at Morgan Medical Center is the perfect place for patients to recuperate following orthopedic surgery, stroke, or a variety of other medical conditions or surgical procedures requiring hospitalization of three days or longer. The program’s main goal is to provide the time and services a recovering patient needs prior to returning home or deciding to relocate to an assisted living community. In some cases, we can provide services for patients seeking nursing home placement but not quite ready to make the step.

Our rehabilitation team includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and an activities coordinator. Working together with our highly skilled nursing staff, they are ready to meet a patient’s medical needs and provide training for family members planning to care for their loved ones at home. Since the program is offered within the hospital environment patients have access to laboratory, radiology, and emergency room services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Additional Patient Information

Morgan Medical Center provides skilled nursing care and skilled rehabilitation (including Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT) and/or Speech Therapy (ST) as appropriate for each patient.

These services are provided through our Swing Bed Program.  We have a team of licensed physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists who work together to provide a complete program for our patients.  The team provides therapy 5-6 days a week for up to three hours a day.

A patient’s length of stay is dependent upon patient needs at the time of admission.  Most individuals can expect an average stay of 2-3 weeks.  This time can vary based on a patient’s diagnosis, prior level of function, rate of progress, and discharge plan.

Accommodations

Morgan Medical Center offers all private rooms and restrooms.  Each room is equipped with storage for personal belongings, a telephone, a television, wash area, bedding, pillows, and a nursing call light.  Every room has windows to provide natural light.

Activities

While at Morgan Medical Center patients not only strengthen physically, but also have the opportunity to grow socially and emotionally.  A variety of activities ranging from Bingo, crafting, movies, and manicures are offered daily in the Recreation Room.

Internet

A community computer with internet access is available in the Recreation Room.  Patients are welcome to bring their own electronic device to use in their room. Access to free wireless internet is available by connecting to MMC Patient Access server.

Items to Bring Upon Admission
  • Outfits and personal care items to last up to seven days
  • Tennis shoes with a non-skid sole for therapy
  • Insurance cards, copy of advance directives – if applicable
  • Power of Attorney for Healthcare and/or Finances
  • A list of medications taken at home (Medications will be provided by the hospital pharmacy and administered by the nursing staff.)
Laundry

We do not offer patient laundry services.  It is recommended that patients pack enough outfits and personal care items to last seven days, or until a loved one can come by to arrange for cleaning.

Meals

“Catering to You” is a special feature offered to patients by our dietary department.  Our catering associates visit daily to take patient menu choices for each meal.  We encourage patients to enjoy meals in the patient dining room.  However, meals can also be served in patient rooms.  Guests are welcome to join patients during meals and can purchase meals through the Food and Nutrition Services Department.  Holiday guests will be served on a reservation only basis.

Patient meals are served starting at the following times:
Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Lunch 12:30 p.m.
Dinner 5:30 p.m.

Therapeutic diets are ordered by a physician.  Snacks are available upon request or when required by a physician order. Since special dietary needs may exist, please check with a member of your healthcare team prior to bringing food from home or a restaurant.

Recommended Clothing

Patients should wear comfortable, appropriate day wear. Therapy sessions are often conducted in a group environment.  Patients are not required to wear a hospital gown during their rehabilitation stay.

Salon

Morgan Medical Center offers non-contracted salon services to all Swing Bed patients on an appointment basis.  Each patient is individually responsible for payment.

Visiting Hours

Patients receiving therapy services will be out of their rooms for extended periods each day.  The best times to visit are Monday – Friday 12:30 -2:00 p.m. or after 4:30 p.m., Saturday after 12:30 p.m., and all day on Sunday.

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