Services are available to residents experiencing difficulty swallowing, eating or communicating due to loss of speech or hearing. Treatment plans focus on methods to retrain word retrieval function lost as a result of illness or injury.
Typical speech therapy goals may include strengthening communication skills so individuals can express basic needs or wants, as well as to reduce choking when swallowing and eating.
Speech and language pathologists address general communication issues and swallowing dysfunction. Treatment plans are designed for individual needs, such as:
- Recovery of speech, language and memory skills
- Verbal and non-verbal communication, including programs for the hearing impaired
- Oral muscle strength and functioning required for speaking and swallowing
- Appropriate diet recommendations