Bassett’s Short-Stay Rehabilitation Program offers comprehensive short-term in-patient care for patients who do not require hospitalization at the acute level of care but are not yet ready to recover from an injury or illness at home. Patients and families often turn to this program immediately following a brief hospital stay or in place of full-scale hospitalization for a major health problem that has worsened.
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Post-surgical Care (including hip and knee replacements)
- IV (intravenous) Therapy
- Specialized Wound Care
- Respite Care
The term used to describe this type of care is subacute care. Subacute care is goal-oriented. Patients who qualify for this type of care may include those recovering from joint replacement surgery, a stroke, or a fall or injury that required hospitalization. They usually require more skilled nursing care than is generally provided in a nursing home, but only for a short period of time during which attainable goals are set and achieved.
Our professional staff encourages continuing recovery and assists patients with returning to a more independent level of functioning. We work one-on-one with patients to provide a comprehensive program of rehabilitation.
Patients in our Short-Stay Rehabilitation Program also benefit from the comprehensive resources of our full-service hospital, including on-site radiology and laboratory service, plus access to physician specialists for medically necessary consults related to their specific treatment plan. Physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy are available five days a week.
Restorative/Rehabilitative Swing Bed Programs at Cobleskill Regional Hospital, O’Connor Hospital, and Little Falls Hospital
Bassett Healthcare Network offers a range of services to help you gain back your independence and strength one step at a time. After entering the initial recovery period following surgery, our rehabilitation staff and social workers will provide you with everything you need - whether it's physical therapy, meal planning, or even a new hairdo - to help you start to feel like yourself again. We call it our "swing bed" program; you'll call it a great way to get back on your feet.
Examples of Swing Bed Care:
- Comfort Care
- IV or nutritional therapy
- Pain management
- Recovery from major surgery, joint replacement, vascular or abdominal surgery.
- Repeated hospitalizations that result in a need for strengthening.
- Wounds that are not healing well or require special care
Amenities of Swing Bed Care:
- Access to diagnostic services if necessary
- Convenience near to loved ones and friends
- Free local calling
- Private Rooms Equipped with Flat Screen Televisions
- 24-hour care
Once transitioned to a swing bed, the patient will receive oversight from our qualified hospital staff while being encouraged to become more independent in their own care. Physician visit one or two times weekly and are available for consultation.
Call the below numbers for more information:
Cobleskill Regional Hospital: 518-254-3326
O’Connor Hospital: 607-746-0416
Little Falls Hospital: 315-823-1000
The Progressive Care Unit (PCU)
Patients in the Short-Stay Rehabilitation Program are admitted to the hospital’s Progressive Care Unit, where the strength of the program is our team of highly qualified professionals. Patients receive care from a range of practitioners, including nurses, doctors, nursing assistants, physical therapists, and respiratory, speech and occupational therapists. They work together to develop an individualized rehabilitation program focused on helping patients heal, regain their independence, and return home.
The program’s small size gives therapists the chance to get to know patients’ families and involve them in their care plans. Families are encouraged to participate in therapy and all aspects of care. Social interaction is an important part of maintaining motivation, and the bright and comfortable Aggie Scott Activity Room provides a homelike setting for patients and families to share a meal, play a board game, or even enjoy a round of bowling on the Wii system.
About Medicare Coverage
Many of the patients in the Short-Stay Rehabilitation Program are over age 65 and have healthcare coverage through Medicare. In general, patients who qualify for Medicare coverage of short-term rehabilitation:
- Have been hospitalized for 3 or more nights within the past 30 days
- Have partially recovered
- Require skilled care on a daily basis
Skilled care can include the need for intravenous medication, complex wound care and dressing changes, post-surgical followup care, monitoring of new/changed medications, and rehabilitative therapies for strengthening and endurance
Other health insurance plans may also cover a stay for short-stay rehabilitation. It is always best to check with the insurer.