A smooth transition back to everyday life
If you’ve been hospitalized but are not quite ready to go back to daily living, TMC Bonham offers a Medicare-certified program to help smooth the transition. Swing Bed, also referred to as skilled care, offers around-the-clock care for patients transitioning between a hospital stay and discharge to home. But it also allows patients to “swing” back and forth between acute care and skilled care if needed while they are healing, all at the same facility.
TMC Bonham Hospital’s Director of Nursing, Patricia McBean, MSN, says the goal is to return the patient to permanent living as soon as possible. “Many of our patients come from Texoma Medical Center after surgery instead of going to a skilled nursing facility or inpatient rehabilitation. Here, they can get their strength back and practice activities of daily living,” she says. “We can help them return to their prior functioning level.”
A different kind of rehab facility
McBean explains how TMC Bonham is different from a rehab or a skilled facility. “We are a hospital and staffed 24/7 as a hospital. We have a general surgeon, hospitalists, acute care nurses, a pharmacy, lab, radiology, surgical suite and more,” she says. “The facility is also designated as a Level IV Basic Trauma facility by the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the American Stroke Association has certified us as a Support (Level III) Stroke facility. We provide quality care, close to the patient’s home and family. If they have a medical setback, we have the resources here to address their issue.”
To be eligible, patients must need skilled nursing or rehabilitative services performed by or under the supervision of a professional or technical person on a daily basis, and must have been hospitalized for at least three days in an acute care facility, such as Texoma Medical Center. Examples of the care needed include physical, occupational or speech therapy; wound or ulcer care; pain control or supportive care or terminally ill patients; IV therapy; post-surgical care; strength and stamina building; and nutritional stabilization.
McBean says patients stay in private rooms and continue to be seen by their physician, who works with the healthcare team to determine their needs. They may stay three days or up to 100 days depending on their needs and progress. “We are happy to offer this flexible care option to our community. When patients are close to home, they feel better and can heal more quickly,” says McBean.