Extended Care and Recovery

Extended Care and Recovery

Our hospital offers a special program called Extended Care and Recovery to support patients who need extra hospital care after a three-day stay. If you can’t go home right away but still require assistance, this program is here for you.

Instead of leaving after 96 hours, we keep patients until they are ready to resume their normal activities. Medicare calls it the “Swing Bed” program because you “swing” from acute care to skilled nursing services and then back home. Our goal is to ensure you receive the necessary care before returning to your regular routine.

How do I Qualify?

To be eligible for the program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You have been in the hospital for at least 3 nights within the past 30 days.
  • You require additional skilled nursing care, as defined by Medicare.
  • To receive coverage for extended care and recovery, you need Medicare Part A or an insurance plan that covers swing-bed care.

Why Would I Need This Program?

If any of the following apply to you, the extended care and recovery program may be beneficial. Please note that this is not a complete list:

  • You don’t have urgent or severe medical needs but still require some assistance.
  • You need additional physical, occupational, or speech therapy to help improve your strength.
  • You require IV medication therapy to continue receiving necessary medications.
  • Your health necessitates regular monitoring of vital signs, such as blood pressure, heart rate, or oxygen levels.
  • You have wounds that require specialized care and attention.

It is important to note that you will not be required to change locations in the hospital merely because your status has changed.

How Long Would I Stay?

The average stay in our extended care and recovery program is 10-14 days, however, several factors can influence your stay time, including:

  • The Complexity of Medical Condition: If you have a complex medical condition, we may extend your stay to address your specialized care needs.
  • Speed of Recovery: Your recovery pace and progress toward treatment goals play a role in determining the duration of your stay.
  • Rehabilitation Goals: Achieving specific rehabilitation goals, such as improving movement, strength, or skills, can affect how long you stay.
  • Care Plan Evaluation: Regular evaluations of your care plan by the healthcare team will help determine the appropriate length of your stay based on your progress.
  • Insurance Coverage: Your insurance or payment options can impact the duration of your stay, so it’s essential to review your policy and understand any rules or limitations.

Can I Transfer to this Program from Another Hospital?

Once you meet the requirements mentioned in the “How do I Qualify” section,  you can transfer from any hospital to Franklin County Medical Center. Here’s how the transfer process works:

  1. Your case manager or doctor will get in touch with us.
  2. We obtain preauthorization from Medicare.
  3. You receive care and recover in the comfort of your home and community.

Our Extended Care and Recovery Location

Franklin County Medical Center
44 N 1st E, Preston, ID 83263
Open 24/7
Laboratory Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 5:30 pm 
Radiology Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 am-6:00 pm 
(208) 852-0137