For those families caring for an elderly or disabled relative, The Richland Hospital, Inc. offers the availability of temporary care to persons needing supervised, short-term personalized care so that regular caregivers can take a break. These services are through prior arrangement only by contacting either the Social Worker or Clinical Coordinator. A pre-admission nursing assessment for the purpose of determining level of care and appropriateness for respite services must be done prior to your arrival at the hospital.


At The Richland Hospital, Inc., we understand there are times when a patient no longer needs the acute care they first received in the hospital – yet they may not feel strong enough to return home. For those patients, we offer our Swing Bed Program. After surgery and hospitalization, patients often transfer from the hospital into a nursing or rehab facility to help improve their physical functioning. We can “swing” you from post-operative and acute care into skilled-nursing, including physical rehabilitation and monitoring of your improvement. Even if your stay was at another hospital, you can transfer following discharge to receive Swing Bed Care here at The Richland Hospital, near your family. Our Swing Bed Program is a federally-approved program that allows small hospitals, like ours, to use regular patient rooms to provide this special care. Due to our commitment to meeting the needs of all our patients, space and bed limitations will affect the number and type of Swing Beds available at any given time. Examples of skilled care may include: IV Therapy, Skin and Wound Care, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, or Pain Management.

Qualifications for Swing Bed

You’ll find that Medicare and most insurance companies cover Swing Bed programs. These services are usually covered under the “Skilled Nursing Facility” benefit category. There are specific criteria that patients must meet to qualify for the program.

  • Swing Bed care must be related to an acute hospital stay

  • The doctor has determined a need for daily skilled care

  • The patient is willing to participate in the daily skilled care program

  • A patient must be hospitalized as an “Acute Care Inpatient” (not an “Observation Patient”) for a minimum of three consecutive midnights within the last 30 days

  • Admissions can come from any hospital, including our hospital, after three consecutive midnights as an inpatient in acute care

  • The patient has Medicare Part A or other insurance with hospital based, skilled-care benefits and days available for skilled level of care.

Medicare will cover up to 20 days in full and up to one hundred (100) days with co-payment, as long as the Medicare criteria is met. Medicare supplements will usually pay the deductible as long as Medicare continues coverage. Your individual coverage will depend on how long you meet the criteria. The average length of a Swing Bed stay is 1-2 weeks. Due to our commitment to meeting the needs of all our patients, space and bed limitations will affect the number and type of Swing Beds available at any given time. 

Patient Services

Patient Services

Our focus is on improving your functional, nutritional, and medical condition. During your stay our multidisciplinary team will collaborate with you to create a Discharge Plan and set functional and health status goals. This plan can include additional care options such as the following (this list is not meant to be all inclusive):

  • Home Health Care
  • Nursing Home Rehabilitation
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Housekeeping Services
  • Assisted Living Care
  • Home Medical Equipment
  • Outpatient Therapy
  • Other Community Services
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