Speech Pathology Services
Comprehensive Speech Pathology Services
Speech pathology is a crucial aspect of addressing and treating communication disorders and swallowing difficulties that can persist if left untreated. Our speech pathologists play a vital role in maximizing communication and swallowing abilities through counseling and direct intervention, ensuring a high quality of life for your residents.
In Australia, communication disorders affect up to 95% of the elderly population living in residential aged care. As communication is an essential part of daily living, our therapists work to enhance residents' communication abilities, directly contributing to a better quality of life. At Local Health Care, our therapists provide a range of communication aids and specialized treatments that support the aging process and address neurological conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, and Dementia.
Educating individuals on the signs of swallowing difficulties, how to improve communication abilities, and the practice of effective speech can significantly enhance overall well-being. Our team at Local Health Care offers informative sessions for families, residents, nurses, as well as kitchen and catering staff. We prioritize resident safety and empower people to maintain a fulfilling and content lifestyle through effective education and support.
Difficulty in swallowing (Dysphagia) affects 40-50% of aged care residents, leading to prolonged swallowing times and potential complications such as choking, aspiration pneumonia, malnutrition, and dehydration. Our Speech Pathologists conduct on-site assessments and offer specific recommendations to ensure the well-being and safety of residents. We focus on minimizing the consumption of thickened fluids and modified diets to promote a sense of normalcy and improve overall quality of life.