The new swing bed hall at the Fulton County Hospital is dedicated to restoring a patient's health by strengthening them after major surgery or an illness. This is not the same as rehabilitation, as Johnna Guffey, the swing bed coordinator, said. The swing bed purpose is to strengthen patients and build them up enough so they can go home and care for themselves.
Guffey said the swing bed operation offers one-on-one care for patients. She said there a people who come and play games with the patients or read to them. Guffey said for one patient, someone was able to find a bigger print Bible for her to read. "Just trying to find their individual needs and what can help them and what can make them feel better (is what we try to do)," Guffey said.
Each of the seven new swing bed rooms have a new Hill-Rom bed in them. These beds are more high-tech than the old ones. Guffey said they can weigh the patient while in the bed and monitor the patient's movements. "They can weigh the patients sitting in them. They have the bed alarms on them. The bed is hooked into where it can come over the whole call system so you can see them if somebody gets out of the bed or if they raise up like they're about to get out of the bed. It has four different settings of sensitivity of how much movement (to allow the patient) before it alarms," Guffey said. "They are really neat beds. That (the alarm) is a big plus, that way we can know immediately (when a patient is moving) instead of somebody getting up and them making it to the door or hearing a big crash knowing that they fell."
Each room is set up with a recliner, also from Hill-Rom. These recliners are for both patients and visitors or loved ones who want to stay with the patient.
Though each room has the same equipment, the color scheme for each room is slightly different. The rooms have earth-colored tones that make the patient feel welcome and more at home. When the maintenance crew started decorating, they decided to make each room slightly different. The tiles on the floors are arranged in different schemes and some rooms are painted different colors. "When they came up with the color schemes, I think they did very good with it," Guffey said. "They enjoyed their work and enjoyed coming up with different things."
She said every time they would get a room done they would be so excited about it that they would want everyone to see it. "They had fun doing them," Guffey said.
"I think it (the swing bed hall) is very good for our community," Guffey said.