When people hear the term “speech therapy” they often think of children in a school setting. But there a number of situations in which seniors need speech therapy.
Bob was in a car accident and suffered a head injury in addition to a broken arm.
Because of his head injury, he needs to relearn how to walk and talk. Speech therapy is needed to help his brain rebuild the connections to pull the words out of his memory and remember how to form his mouth to utter the words. This type of therapy will be a large piece of his recovery.
Dolores is now in her upper eighties and her body is weakening.
Her hands cannot grip like they used to and her legs are getting tired quickly. Also, her larynx and vocal chords are weakening as well. Speech therapy can help her exercise her larynx and vocal chords to strengthen them again.
Harry has just suffered his second stroke.
This one was worse than the one he had several years ago. He has lost his ability to speak clearly. Beginning speech therapy as soon as possible is vital for Harry.
As William has aged he has experienced difficulty swallowing.
Dee is experiencing the early signs of dementia.
Her doctor recommended that she starts speech therapy soon so she can keep her ability to communicate verbally as long as possible.
For seniors, it may seem like speech therapy is the last of their concerns when there are other medical issues at play.
There can be numerous consequences to not receiving speech therapy including:
- The inability to communicate needs
- Difficulty communicating with others in regards to financial planning and estate planning
- Frustration and broken relationships with family, friends, and caretakers because of the lack of ability to express emotions with adequate words
- Decreased ability to take in adequate nutrition if there are swallowing issues.
Speech therapy is part of the subacute rehab services available at Pickering Manor along with physical therapy, occupational therapy, and restorative nursing. At Pickering Manor, our rehabilitation patients are given personalized care to meet their individual needs. Contact Pickering Manor to find out more.