Swing Bed Program

901 E Sunflower Rd.
P.O. Box 1380
Cleveland, MS 38732

For a referral, call (662) 846-2552 or fax (662) 846-2479.

Bolivar Medical Center’s Swing Bed Unit is a 12 bed Medicare certified skilled nursing facility located within the hospital licensed by the Mississippi State Department of Health and accredited by Joint Commission. The Swing Bed Unit specializes in caring for persons in need of special skilled nursing care and rehabilitation by trained therapists.  A coordinated, multi-disciplinary program is provided to help each patient meet his/her highest level of physical, mental, and psychosocial functioning. The staff provides the patient with personalized care that offers the opportunity for the resident to learn skills needed to manage his/her health after discharge.  The care is provided without regard to race, age, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, or source of payment.  


Services available include but are not limited to:

  • Nursing services
  • Dietary services
  • Activities program
  • Room/bed maintenance
  • Routine personal hygiene items
  • Medically-related social services
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Oxygen
  • Housekeeping
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nutritional therapy

Referral & Eligibility

Referrals for admission to the Swing Bed Unit are accepted from other hospitals, treatment facilities, and physicians.  All applicants go through a screening process by the multi-disciplinary team to determine eligibility for admission.  Applicants must meet these criteria for admission:

  • a three-day prior qualifying hospital stay within 30 days of discharge from any of the following:
    • An acute inpatient bed at Bolivar Medical
    • Discharge from another acute hospital
    • Discharge from a swing bed or skilled nursing facility
  • documented need for skilled nursing or therapeutic rehabilitative care
  • Part A Medicare coverage or other qualifying insurance plan, and have benefits available

Eligibility does not guarantee admission to the swing bed unit.

Persons needing the services of a skilled nursing facility are often experiencing many changes which require a period of adjustment for both the resident, and the family.  This can be a stressful time and the staff is well trained to provide the support, encouragement, and assistance that are needed.  Residents/ families are encouraged to help by asking questions, expressing concerns, and discussing any problems with the appropriate staff member.

Medical Professionals & Facility

The physician works closely with the interdisciplinary team and provides specific medical treatment instructions based on the needs of each resident.  The physician visits on a routine weekly basis, but will visit more often if needed and will be notified immediately with any significant changes.

Nursing services are provided by an organized nursing staff directed by an experienced Director of Nursing. Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses provide around the clock skilled nursing care.  All nursing assistants are trained and certified in caring for the elderly.

Medical services, including lab, x-ray, respiratory care, and emergency/ acute/ outpatient services are provided as needed.  


Specialized therapy services are available and provided, per physician’s orders.

The occupational therapist helps the person gain independence in activities of daily living and coordination such as dressing, personal hygiene, and feeding.

The physical therapist helps the person gain strength, balance, coordination, and endurance.  The therapist also works to improve bed movement, transfers, and walking/ wheelchair skills.

The speech therapist helps the resident regain swallow functioning as well as vocal strength and communication abilities.


Social Services are available to all residents and families and are provided by a professional, Licensed Social Worker on a referral basis. Social Services coordinate all Swing Bed Unit admissions and assist residents and families in the adjustment process.  Additionally, the Social Worker can participate in planning for the care of the resident and provide supportive services, personal counseling, and can make referrals to community resources as needed to meet the psycho- social needs of the resident and prepare for discharge.

A diversified activity program, including group and individual activities, is provided and organized under the direction of the Activities Coordinator.  The Activity Coordinator works closely with volunteers and the staff to ensure that the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the residents are met.

Recognizing that proper nourishment is an important factor in the care of the patient, every effort is made to provide nourishing and appetizing, as well as, attractive meals. Meals are served in the rooms. Special diets are provided as directed by the patient’s physician. 

•     Guest meal trays are available to visitors, upon request, for $3.50 per meal.
•     The resident may request a substitution option to the regular meal. 


The swing bed unit employs sufficient number of personnel in the housekeeping and maintenance departments to insure a safe, clean, and orderly environment.


An in house beauty shop is provided for the residents. Arrangements may be made through the social worker.


The Ombudsman serves as an advocate and supports resident rights, investigates complaints involving resident care, and promotes resident/family involvement in the care of each resident.


The gift shop is located on the first floor in the main entrance of the hospital.  The gift shop is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M.    

The vending machines are located on the first floor next to the cafeteria. 

For a referral, call (662) 846-2552 or fax (662) 846-2479.