Transitional Care

Take advantage of transitional care at Essentia Health when you’re recovering from an illness or injury. If you’re hospitalized and no longer need inpatient care—but aren’t yet read to move back home—transitional care might be right for you.

What's Transitional Care?

Talk to your doctor about transitional care, also known as swing bed services. Transitional care is offered at some Essentia hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. Swing beds offer you or a loved one a short-term step between hospital care and home.

Rely on our transitional care if you need:

  • Rehabilitation services after a stroke, heart attack, injury, or illness
  • Care following hip or knee replacement
  • Physical, occupational, or speech-language therapy to help you regain mobility, communication skills, and perform everyday activities
  • Respiratory therapy to help you breathe better
  • Medication management for IV antibiotics and/or IV pain medication
  • Wound or ostomy care

Team-Based Approach

Your care team will work with you and your family to develop a personal care plan that will address your physical, mental, and social needs. We will help you reach your recovery and treatment goals and get back to your independent life. When possible, we’ll encourage you to dress yourself and perform daily self-care activities to improve your independence.

You’ll receive compassionate care from a dedicated team that may include:

Discharge Planning

Your condition will determine how long you need transitional care. Your care team will partner with you to oversee your therapy and track your progress. We will hold a family care conference to talk with you, your family, and your care team about the best options for you after leaving transitional care.

Paying for Care

Contact your health insurance provider to learn about your plan’s transitional care coverage. You may need precertification to receive care.

Your hospital social worker or case manager can help you understand Medicare/Medicaid guidelines and eligibility for transitional care.

Medicare-Approved Transitional Care

Find Medicare-approved inpatient and transitional care at Essentia Health-Deer River and Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior.