Our role as therapists is to help all residents perform at their best and to ease the burden on caregivers and family members. One patient population that can be particularly challenging is patients with a dementia diagnosis. Speech-language pathologists play a key role in improving their nutritional intake.
A common problem observed by speech-language pathologists in skilled nursing facilities is residents leaving the dining room before finishing their meal. Here are a few intervention ideas to ensure patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnoses are eating sufficiently for proper nutrition.
Stacy Ashley Murphy
It’s the time of year to discuss running safety with patients and communities. Sharing your expertise and advice can help properly prepare a body for running and jogging season–and hopefully prevent injury.
Jennifer Flanagan, SLP
For Better Hearing and Speech month, we asked Sarah Willard, SLP to write about LSVT LOUD, a research-based speech therapy approach for Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions.
THINK LOUD! These two words do not seem therapeutic at first glance. However, in the correct context “THINK LOUD” is helping people with voice production.
RehabVisions and our therapists are no strangers to the topic of dementia. For OT month, we asked Regional Clinical Manager Jolene Denn, SLP to share how her team approaches dementia and her OT’s role. Jolene is an expert on dementia and has presented a CEU course on the subject to RehabVisions therapists.
Too often, when caregivers, family members and even therapists think about dementia we seem to focus on what the person CAN’T do anymore. They can’t be alone, can’t use the stove, can’t drive, can’t dress themselves, and can’t even find the bathroom. However, occupational therapists play a crucial role in working with clients with dementia, because they focus on what the person CAN do. Occupational therapy approaches treatment with a focus on a patient’s remaining skills or abilities, and how to capitalize on those to make the individual as independent as possible.