Most often people think of as only for children who stutter or need to improve their articulation. As people age, normal changes occur in speech, language, memory, and swallowing. In addition, chances of having a stroke or developing dementia or Parkinson's disease increase, as do the chances of acquiring a communication or swallowing disorder related to these diseases.
Speech therapy can even be beneficial for ailments not typically thought of as being related to cognition. In 2010, there were 258,000 hospital admissions for hip fractures among people aged 65 and older. Repair of a hip fracture often requires a rehabilitation stay with physical and occupational therapy, especially for seniors. In many of these cases, speech therapy is overlooked. However, studies have demonstrated that intensive geriatric rehabilitation in post-hip fracture patients, even those with dementia; have a better chance of returning home to independent living.
There must be an expectation that the patient’s condition will improve significantly in a reasonable (and generally predictable) period of time based on the assessment by the physician of the patient’s restoration potential after any needed consultation with the qualified speech pathologist, or the services must be necessary to the establishment of a safe and effective maintenance program required in connection with a specific disease state.
Schedule a tour of our facilities or a one-on-one meeting with our Therapy Director, Abby Aucoin, to discuss options for a personalized recovery plan.
Abby may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Elderly Rehabilitation & Transitional Care Services are a bridge between hospital and home by providing short term senior rehabilitative care. Our goal is to get you home quickly under the care of our outstanding licensed therapists. We are a leading rehabilitation service for the elderly in Louisiana. We do everything in our power to get you back home as quickly as possible, without sacrificing health.