Quality Therapy offers a comprehensive range of speech and communication programs to the geriatric population. Our therapists share the belief that communication is our most human characteristic. It is essential to learning, working, social interaction, and enjoying meaningful life experiences.
Our speech language pathologists stay up to date on new advances to working with this dynamic population.
Our residents goals, while functional this week, may need to be changed in the blink of an eye with illness, injury, or change in mental status. When residents improve and re-gain skills that were lost, they rely on the speech language pathologist to re-work their therapy goals and continue to direct them toward recovery. Working within our facilities can be very stimulating to the speech language pathologist who loves the challenge of problem solving, recognizes the benefits of interdisciplinary evaluation and planning, and appreciates the rewards of seeing a resident improve their day to day lifestyle after a decline in health.
Many people are surprised at the number of services our speech language pathologist’s offer. Treatment approaches include:
- Development and training of Augmentative Alternative Communication Systems
- Training of compensatory memory strategies
- Aural rehabilitation
- Cognitive retraining
- Fluency shaping techniques
- Voice Therapy for dysarthria and voice disorders related to Parkinson’s Disease
- Attention Processing Training Program
- Training in word retrieval strategies
- Apraxia/Aphasia therapy
- Effective social language training
- Functional Maintenance Programming for Dementia
- Training in esophageal speech and/or use of voice prosthesis
- Family education and training
Treatment must be functional to be successful. Treatment is based on the residents abilities, interests, learning potential, functional needs and realistic outcomes. In order to devise a functional treatment plan the speech language pathologist must include in their evaluation determination of activities that are important for personal living by the individual. The value of treatment should be measured by the extent to which it changes and improves a residents day to day lifestyle.