Speech Therapy assistance in aged care

May 10, 2021

Communication skills can be assisted at all ages

Communication includes speaking, hearing, listening, understanding, reading, writing, using your voice and social skills. A decline in communication skills can affect community involvement, relationships and independence. Many older Australians live with communication disorders that impacts their ability to express their wants and needs.

Role of a speech pathologist

Speech pathologists are experts in assessing and managing communications and swallowing disorders. A speech pathologist can do a comprehensive assessment and work with you to be your best. They can also liaise with your medical team and family to give you additional support.

Areas of support include

  • Voice – how loud you talk, what you sound like and talking smoothly without stuttering
  • Language – difficulty speaking or writing in sentences, or understanding instructions, following stroke or brain injury
  • Articulation – clear production of speech sounds. Assistance after surgery e.g. for throat cancer
  • Social Communication – affects quality of life and difficulty communicating at meal times
  • Dyspraxia – unclear speech due to muscle incoordination or planning difficulties
  • Dysarthria – slurred or unclear speech due to muscle weakness or incoordination
  • Dysphagia – difficulties with eating, drinking and/or swallowing

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If you would like to find out more, you can give our friendly team a call today on 1800 773 722

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