The Swing Bed Program Care team at Bridgton Hospitals includes you, the swing bed medical director, nursing team members, social worker, pharmacists, rehabilitation therapists, and our dietician.
Your Care Team
Our clinical pharmacists monitor your medications daily and are available to answer your questions and provide education.
- Medication Safety
Our pharmacists work closely with our providers and nursing team members to ensure medication safety. Prior to receiving each medication, you will be asked your name and birthdate. Your ID band will then be scanned using a bar-code reader followed by your bar-coded medication. This ensures that you are receiving the right medication at the right time.
Our board-certified swing bed medical director or hospitalist review each Swing Bed patients’s progress daily and consult with the patient weekly, or more often as needed. The hospitalist may also request consultations with other specialists.
Nursing Team Members
Our nursing team members provide daily care as well as hourly rounding.
- Daily Wellness Checks
Nursing team members will check you periodically and through the night to evaluate your vital signs such as blood pressure.
- Day and Night Shift Changes
Shift changes occur at 7am and 7pm every day. Your healthcare information will be shared with the incoming team members to ensure continuity of quality care.
- Call For Assistance
Please press the bedside call button if you need assistance or have questions. Our nursing team members will quickly respond.
Our licensed dietician will complete an evaluation to determine your nutritional needs. The dietician also monitors your progress, makes dietary recommendations and provides nutrition education.
You will receive a menu from which to choose your meals. Alternative meal options are available upon request.
Breakfast – 7:45 a.m.
Lunch – 11:50 a.m.
Dinner – 4:30 p.m.
- Hospital Cafe Hours
6:30-11:00 a.m.- Continental Breakfast
11:45-1:15 p.m. – Lunch
1:15-4:45 p.m. – Self-Service
4:45-6:00 p.m. Dinner
Depending on your needs, you may be evaluated by different therapists over the first few days of your stay. They will work with you to develop a schedule to meet your needs.
- Occupational Therapy (OT)
Goals to increase your independence with self care activities will be established with your therapist. These may include bathing, dressing and grooming as well as other meaningful tasks. Your home environment may be assessed for safety and modifications as recommended to help you transition with confidence.
- Physical Therapy (PT)
You will gain strength and endurance to increase your safety and independence with mobility through a variety of activities, including core and lower extremity strengthening, balance training and manual therapy for pain relief. A home safety evaluation with family and/or friends may be offered to you.
- Speech Therapy (SLP)
If you have experienced changes in your thinking, speaking or swallowing abilities, we will work with you to develop strategies for daily activities. These may include daily tasks such as managing your medications.
Upon your arrival, you will be assigned a case manager or social worker who will meet with you and your family throughout your stay. We provide support and work with you and your family to develop a discharge plan that allows a safe transition back into the community.