Saint Luke’s Critical Access Region Hospitals, located in Southeast Kansas and North Central Missouri, offer a skilled nursing and short-term inpatient rehabilitation program, commonly known as swing bed.

We believe that keeping patients close to home and near friends and family can help speed the healing process and lead to successful recoveries.

Our swing bed program serves patients who are:

  • Recovering from joint replacement, fractures, or other surgeries
  • Continuing or completing IV therapy
  • Recovering from a stroke, heart failure, serious illness, or injury

Patients must have been in the hospital as an acute inpatient for at least three days and may only be admitted through a referral from their attending physician.

Services offered include:

  • 24/7 skilled nursing care
  • Weekly (or more frequent) visits with a physician
  • Physical, speech, and occupational therapies
  • Laboratory testing and monitoring
  • IV medication therapy
  • Tube feeding and nutritional stabilization
  • Wound management
  • Bowel and bladder care
  • Respiratory therapy including BiPAP
  • Consultation with a certified, licensed dietitian
  • Coordination with specialty providers
  • Case management and social services
  • Patient and family education
  • Emotional and spiritual support
  • Advanced directives education and assistance
  • Terminal care

We will work closely with the patient’s doctors and family members to tailor a recovery plan focused on rebuilding strength and function. The program provides a therapeutic atmosphere that assists patients with self-care and independent functioning. For most patients, the goal of this program is to return to living independently.

Continuing care

Saint Luke’s offers quality, compassionate care at every level, when and where you need it.

Short-term rehabilitation and long-term skilled nursing care are available at Bishop Spencer Place in Kansas City. Saint Lukes's also provides home health care services throughout eastern Kansas and northwest Missouri for patients who need extra help to remain safely in their home. Learn more about our other continuing care options.