Barnesville Hospital's Skilled Bed Program assists patients to transition from the hospital to home. Patients who may be eligible for a skilled bed include those recovering from a stroke, those who have had an orthopedic surgery, or after an acute medical illness. A qualifying hospital stay is required.

Ted Fowler, Barnesville, Ohio was the ideal patient to use a skilled bed. He had been hospitalized at Riverside Hospital, Columbus, Ohio and then at East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry, Ohio. Ted very much wanted to return home. However, he required physical and occupational therapy in order to increase his strength, his mobility and his independence prior to being able to return home. Barnesville Hospital offered the ideal solution. Ted was able to come to Barnesville where he was close to family and friends and he was able to receive the intense rehabilitation services he required.

"When we were discussing discharge plans with Ted, he wouldn't have it any other way. He knew he wanted to go to Barnesville Hospital," said his wife, Rosie. "It meant a lot to him to be at Barnesville Hospital where he was close to home."

In the hospital's skilled bed program patients can receive skilled care services for an extended period of time. Patients receive around the clock nursing care. Therapy, wound care, laboratory services and respiratory services are also available at one convenient location and are provided based on the individual's needs.

Ted is now independent, although some activities such as putting on his shoes and socks take a minute longer than before."I am extremely pleased with the care and therapy I received at Barnesville Hospital," said Ted Fowler. "Last week I drove for the first time and was able to go down to the Sale Barn to visit with friends and neighbors. I credit Barnesville Hospital for getting me back on my feet."

To utilize the skilled beds a patient can be hospitalized at any hospital, but can still come to Barnesville Hospital to recover in a skilled bed. Skilled beds are not a long term option and the goal is always to have the patient return home. However, if home is not an option the Barnesville Hospital Discharge Planning team can assist to identify other placement options.

"Barnesville Hospital understands the support of family and friends can be one of the most important components of healing," said Susan Campbell, RN, Nursing Coordinator. "Active family involvement also better prepares the family for how they can assist the patient when they do return home. When Ted came to Barnesville Hospital he was in a facility where he was comfortable, he knew the staff, and most importantly his wife Rosie was able to visit every day."

Swing beds are covered by Medicare and most insurance. To learn more about Barnesville Hospital's skilled beds call Susan Campbell, RN, Nursing Coordinator at 740-425-5155.