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Swing Bed Program

The Millinocket Regional Hospital Swing Bed program offers short-term rehabilitation in a caring, therapeutic environment to help patients transition from hospital-based care back to their homes.

Patients who need extra time to recover or assistance regaining independence will do so with the help of our Swing Bed team consisting of hospitalists, nurses, therapists, and social services.

The MRH swing bed program provides families and loved ones the opportunity to be closer to home while receiving the care they need.


Why choose us?

When you choose the MRH Swing Bed program, you will receive excellent care from our care team who are committed to helping you regain strength, mobility, and independence to safely return home.

In addition to room and board, your stay in the MRH swing program may include but is not limited to the following services:

  • Physician visits at least 2 times per week, more often if needed
  • Nursing services 24 hours per day
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Social services
  • Pharmacy service
  • Clergy visits if desired

We have a dedicated activities room outfitted with a full kitchen, dining table and tv that allows patients to work on practical skills needed to return home safely.  The activities room is also stocked with games, arts and crafts and other fun activities that can be used to help refine and strengthen skills.


Who We Serve

The Swing Bed program is ideal for patients needing:

  • Wound care
  • Recovery from major surgery or joint replacement
  • Rehabilitation after heart attack or stroke
  • IV medication therapy
  • Strength training after prolonged hospitalization
  • Intensive physical therapy
  • Intensive occupational therapy
  • Pain management
  • Respiratory care
  • Symptom management


What to bring with you?

When admitted to the Swing Bed program, you will want to bring clothing that is easy to get off and on and is comfortable for exercising and activities of daily living training.  Shoes that are comfortable on your feet are also essential.

You are also encouraged to bring items like iPads, pillows and books that will help create a more comfortable, homey atmosphere.


Admittance + discharge:

Admits are done on a case-by-case basis.  Medicare and most insurances cover the cost of swing services, but your individual situation will be investigated prior to your admission. Medicare requires that you have a consecutive three day qualifying hospital stay to be eligible for coverage and admission to swing must be within 30 days of your acute hospitalization. Your case manager should be able to assist you with any coverage questions you might have.

Once admitted, our dedicated care team will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan with your specific needs and discharge goals in mind.  The care team will monitor your improvement from day to day.  As you advance toward your goals, the care team will begin preparing for your discharge and ensure that you and your family are set up for success.

The Swing Bed coordinator will arrange for discharge needs depending on the ongoing care and support needed and work with the therapists to ensure all necessary accommodations have been made at the home to keep the patient safe.  The care team will make sure your family is comfortable with new adaptive equipment, home exercises and procedures that support your success at home.


Contact us

For more information about the Swing Bed program, contact:

Marie Sutherland, MSW, LSW
Swing Bed Coordinator
(207) 723-3352