Helping You Home


What is Swing Bed?

Swing bed services are a stop between hospital and home, where patients get the continued care they need while recovering from an illness, injury or surgery. Our skilled staff provides on-site care, 24 hours a day, to help patients recover, close to home.

Make yourself a priority: it is all about how you recover.

Patients enjoy the comforts of home, while family has the piece of mind knowing their loved one is receiving the help they need. Length of stay may vary, but the quality of care is consistent.

The Benefits



WhidbeyHealth has hospitalists on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, laboratory services, pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, respiratory therapy, dietitians and a licensed social worker - all to make your Swing Bed experience as comfortable as possible. Allowing you to relax with the knowledge that you're receiving the care you need.

Nursing Care
  • Wound Care
  • Central Line management
  • Antibiotic therapies
  • Patient and Family Education
Rehabilitation Care
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapies
  • Therapies scheduled as practical to what patients can tolerate
  • Home safety evaluations, animal assisted therapy, and community reintegration
Getting Started


Medicare and most insurances cover Swing Bed programs. Specific criteria must be met to qualify for insurance coverage: 
  • Swing Bed stay must be related to a hospital stay.
  • The doctor must determine a need for daily skilled care (i.e. IV therapy, wound care, physical therapy)
  • Patient must be hospitalized as an acute care patient for at least 3 consecutive days and within 30 days of the initial hospital stay.
  • Admissions can be from WhidbeyHealth Medical Center but may also be from other area/regional hospitals too.
  • Medicare patients must have Part A benefits
If you have a procedure coming up that will require a multiple-day hospital stay - get the extended care you need, close to home. WhidbeyHealth helps our patients and community achieve their goals through hospital-based skilled nursing care and rehabilitation.
What Qualifies
What Qualifies for Swing?
WhidbeyHealth has a number of Swing Bed program therapies available to meet the needs of our growing community: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT), Wound Care, IV Care, Skilled Nursing Care, Joint Replacement Rehabilitation and Stroke Rehabilitation.


Patients who meet the specific Swing Bed program criteria can be referred to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center by calling the Medical Social Work department.

360.678.7656 ext.4701; 360.678.7694 (fax)