Swing Bed

Heal In The Hospital

At Penn Highlands Healthcare, we understand there are times when a patient no longer needs the acute care they receive in a hospital, yet they may not feel strong enough to return home. For those patients, we offer a comforting alternative. Our Swing Bed units are available at all four Penn Highlands hospitals in Brookville, Clearfield, DuBois and St. Marys for patients near discharge who need to regain their strength and mobility after an illness, injury or surgery.

Recovering from a serious event, such as a stroke, or a major surgery can be overwhelming for patients. The Swing Bed Post-Acute Rehabilitation Program at Penn Highlands is a great option for those who may not have the confidence or support to leave the hospital and take care of themselves.

Eligible patients include those who have just had orthopedic surgery, such as joint replacement, patients recovering after stroke or a major surgery who don’t qualify for admission to an inpatient rehabilitation center, and patients recovering from infections or illnesses affecting strength and mobility. The program also offers diabetic management, wound care, short-term IV therapy, medical management and medication adjustment services.

Swing Bed Care Helps Make The Transition To Home

Through a combination of first-rate rehabilitative therapies, attentive nursing care and medical supervision, patients gain the strength, functionality, balance and range of motion they need to care for themselves with confidence.

Medicare and most insurance companies cover post-acute rehabilitation services. A patient with Medicare insurance must be hospitalized as an “acute care inpatient” for a minimum of three consecutive midnights within a 30-day period and most commercial insurances can provide authorization for swing bed services. Should a patient be discharged home after an inpatient admission and realize that he or she does need additional support, the patient may be considered for a Swing Bed stay if qualified. Primary care physicians, emergency departments and home health care can recommend and provide information and consideration for a Swing Bed admission. Swing Bed admissions can come from any hospital.

Continue On The Road To Recovery

After discharge from the Swing Bed program, patients can continue their rehabilitation at one of Penn Highland’s 17 outpatient rehabilitation clinics or through home health offered by Penn Highlands Community Nurses.


Swing Bed at Penn Highlands

At Penn Highlands Brookville our Swing Bed Post-Acute Rehabilitation Program is designed to provide patients with individualized, in hospital care and physical rehabilitation to help them reach an optimal level of functioning. This post-acute care is designed for patients who are discharging from acute care, but need temporary additional care that cannot be provided at home or in a long-term care facility.

Penn Highlands Brookville

100 Hospital Road
Brookville PA, 15825
814-849-2312

At Penn Highlands Clearfield our Swing Bed Post-Acute Rehabilitation Program is designed to provide patients with individualized, in hospital care and physical rehabilitation to help them reach an optimal level of functioning. This post-acute care is designed for patients who are discharging from acute care, but need temporary additional care that cannot be provided at home or in a long-term care facility.

Penn Highlands Clearfield

809 Turnpike Avenue
Clearfield PA, 16830
814-765-5341
At Penn Highlands DuBois our Swing Bed Post-Acute Rehabilitation Program is designed to provide patients with individualized, in hospital care and physical rehabilitation to help them reach an optimal level of functioning. This post-acute care is designed for patients who are discharging from acute care, but need temporary additional care that cannot be provided at home or in a long-term care facility.

Penn Highlands DuBois

100 Hospital Avenue
DuBois PA, 15801
814-371-2200

At Penn Highlands Elk our Swing Bed Post-Acute Rehabilitation Program is designed to provide patients with individualized, in hospital care and physical rehabilitation to help them reach an optimal level of functioning. This post-acute care is designed for patients who are discharging from acute care, but need temporary additional care that cannot be provided at home or in a long-term care facility.

Penn Highlands Elk

763 Johnsonburg Road
St. Marys PA, 15857
814-788-8000

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Conditions We Treat

Diabetic Management
IV Therapy
Joint Replacement Rehabilitation
Post-Surgical Rehabilitation Therapy
Stroke Care