Swing Bed Program

Our Turn the Corner Swing Bed program means you can transfer with confidence from acute hospital care (at TMH or any other hospital) to Swing Bed care here at TMH. 

As a Turn the Corner patient, you will be gradually responsible for daily tasks such as hygiene, bathing and dressing. Your specific goals and length of stay will be discussed by you and your care team. When you no longer require Turn the Corner service, the TMH Care Management staff will assist in arranging services for your needs including home care or outpatient rehabilitation.  Read Wreatha's story.

For more information about our Turn the Corner Swing Bed program, please contact Care Management at 217-707-5673.

Benefits of the Turn the Corner Swing Bed Program

  • Private rooms
  • RNs on the nursing unit 24/7
  • Low patient-to-nurse ratio
  • On-site hospital resources including radiology, lab services and pharmacy. You do not need to leave the facility for testing.
  • Physicians on-site 24/7
  • Respiratory therapy available 24/7
  • A discharge planner
  • A registered dietitian
  • Restaurant style in-room dining
  • Activity program
  • Caregiver training and education when patient is ready for discharge
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy

Supported Services in the Swing Bed Program

  • Bipap or Cpap
  • Complex wound care
  • Wound vacuum management
  • Blood administration
  • Management of central lines
  • Feeding tube management (PEG, NG)

Difference between Skilled Care and Custodial Care

It is important to understand the difference between skilled and custodial care.  Medicare does not cover custodial care. Skilled services are considered to be:

  • Physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech (must participate and show progress toward goals)
  • Daily intravenous medications
  • Daily intramuscular injections
  • New tube feedings requiring adjustment
  • Wound care requiring medicated ointments or dressings
  • New respiratory treatments requiring adjustments
  • New catheters to treat an active disease process
  • Stage III (3) or IV (4) pressure ulcers
  • Patient/family education for new conditions

Medicare and Insurance Coverage Requirements

Turn the Corner Swing Bed service is approved and paid for by Medicare and many insurance plans. To qualify for a Medicare-covered skilled/swing nursing benefit, you must:


  • Be enrolled in Medicare Part A and have skilled days available; or have an insurance plan that includes skilled benefits;
  • Have been admitted to the hospital for at least three consecutive midnights before beginning Swing Bed service if enrolled in Medicare Part A;
  • Be admitted to Swing Bed service within 30 days of your discharge from the acute hospital or previous Swing Bed stay;
  • Be admitted for the same condition for which you were treated in the hospital or previous Swing Bed stay;
  • Be certified by a doctor as needing skilled services on a daily basis; and
  • Require daily skilled services on an inpatient basis (services that cannot be provided in a lesser care setting).

If you have commercial insurance, a care manager will call your insurance company to verify possible Swing Bed benefits.