For seniors who have just suffered a debilitating stroke or who are struggling with signs of dementia or cognitive disorders, speech therapy is often necessary. It may also be necessary following a serious head injury.

And while the ability to communicate is important for people of all ages, it's vital for many seniors. If they can't tell their caregiver(s) when they need something, or if they're in pain, an emergency situation can happen quickly.

If your loved one is having problems with communication, speech therapy may be the answer. Consider speech therapy if your loved one:

  • Is unable to avoid injuring themselves
  • Has difficulty managing medical, personal or financial matters
  • Can't effectively answer questions

After an evaluation, our speech therapists can determine if speech therapy is an effective form of treatment; sometimes, the problem may be related to medication, depression, dehydration, or another clinical issue, so those things need to be ruled out first.

Activities for treatment

After a stroke or injury, speech therapy activities can include any or all of the following:

  • Art therapy
  • Singing words that are difficult to say (known as melodic intonation therapy)
  • Group therapy
  • Associating words with pictures (known as visual speech perception)
  • Language therapy (describing situations or scenarios with words only, with no body language or other visual cues)

Embassy Healthcare communities offer speech therapy services, as well as cognitive and behavioral rehabilitative treatment programs for seniors who may be experiencing problems with communication. Learn more about how we can help improve your loved one's quality of life by contacting us.