What is the Interim Care Program?
The Interim Care Program, also referred to as a “Swing Bed”, is a short stay program that provides rehabilitation and skilled nursing care following a hospitalization.
Examples of individuals who may benefit from this program include those who have had surgery, joint replacements, stroke patients who do not qualify for admission to a Rehab Center, IV antibiotic therapy, terminal care or other illnesses and injuries.
In the Interim Care Program you will receive daily therapy and care to meet self-care goals established by you and your care team.
Who will provide your care?
A team made up of a variety of healthcare professionals will provide your care. Your team will meet on a regular basis to discuss and coordinate your individual needs. The Interim Care team consists of the following healthcare professionals:
• You (patient)
• Your doctor
• Social Worker &Discharge Planner
• Physical Therapist & Occupational Therapist
• Respiratory Therapist
• Utilization Review Coordinator
What kind of care should you expect?
High quality treatment provided in the Interim Care Program is similar to care provided in a skilled nursing facility.
During your hospitalization you may progress to the point where your doctor no longer needs to monitor you on a daily basis, but daily medical services may still be needed. This is called “skilled” care, and is the type of care you will receive in the Interim Care Program. Examples of the “skilled” care include:
• Nursing Care
• Physical Therapy
• Occupational Therapy
• Respiratory Therapy
• Intravenous Therapy
• Wound Care
• Dietary Management & Education
How long is the Interim Care Program?
You can remain in the program as long as you have therapy and rehabilitation goals to meet. Once you have reached your goals, some patients are able to return home and some patients may need to explore additional care options. The care team can help in the process by providing options and alternatives for future care when necessary.
The average length of stay in the Interim Care Program is 10 days or less.
How is the Interim Care Program paid for?
The Interim Care Program is covered by Medicare and some private insurances. A representative from our Interim Care team will talk with you regarding specific criteria.
What are the benefits of the Interim Care Program?
• You have more time to recover and gain strength before going home, without having to go to a nursing home to recover.
• Daily therapy is centered on self care skills and functional strengthening, which will increase your independence when you leave.
• You have continued access to your doctor and hospital services. (Should the need arise you can return to acute care without changing beds.)
• Your family is welcome to be present and involved.
Can I transfer from another hospital to the Interim Care Program?
Yes, anytime you are in the hospital and it is recommended that you have skilled nursing facility care or rehabilitation, you can request a referral to Tyrone Hospital’s Interim Care Program. A representative of our Interim Care team will talk to you and your doctor to see if the Interim Care Program is right for you.
Many patients prefer to come to Tyrone Hospital’s Interim Care Program for the advantages that come with our community hospital where we utilize “personalized care”.
At Tyrone Hospital you will find the facility is easy to navigate, the atmosphere friendly and the attention personalized.
About Our Rehabilitation Therapists
Tyrone Hospital is pleased to partner with the professionals at ProCare Rehabilitation for physical and occupational therapy services.
What is a typical day for patients in the Interim Care Program?
Since each individual is unique, our care team will set personalized treatment goals for your stay. Your treatment plan will be tailored to your needs and goals.
During the day, you will receive therapy and treatment based on your condition and recovery goals. You may receive physical, occupational and speech therapy, respiratory therapy, IV therapy or other skilled nursing care. Similar to the hospital, you will receive around-the-clock nursing care and your care is overseen by one of our staff physicians.
Extended care in a comfortable setting.
Every effort is made to make patients feel at home during their stay. Patients can wear their own clothes and are encouraged to personalize their rooms with photos or other mementos.
Our caring medical surgical staff provides support and education to help patients throughout their rehabilitation and recovery. When our patients are not receiving therapy or treatment, they can visit with friends or family, watch movies, or just relax in the newly renovated private suites.
For more information about the Interim Care Program at Tyrone Hospital call: (814) 684-6315