The ability to communicate effectively is always important, but for seniors it can be vital. An emergency can happen when a senior cannot effectively communicate what they need or a problem they might have. When speech skills are diminished, speech therapy for seniors may become necessary. Kari Kapitan, a Speech Language Pathologist at Bethany Retirement Living, explains that, “Speech Therapy is available to any resident at Bethany Retirement Living.”
The goal of speech therapy for seniors is to increase functional communication, cognitive skills, and teach safe swallowing by introducing diet modifications and special feeding technique. “The majority of my caseload at Bethany is usually related to dysphagia, difficulty in swallowing” said Kari. “Addressing cognitive and dysphagia issues contributes to the patient’s ability to safely return to their prior level of functioning in a less restrictive environment.”
No one plans to get injured or need assistance, but it is a welcomed relief to know that if you need us, the region’s premier Transitional Care Unit (TCU) is here for you when it matters most. Your physician may recommend short-stay rehab/transitional care to help your recovery process progress as safely and quickly as possible. Bethany Retirement Living’s Transitional Care Units at each of our campuses are dedicated to helping you heal, restoring your strength and re-establishing your independence.
Bethany Retirement Living is committed to our residents at every stage of their healthcare journey. Experience for yourself our commitment to our mission: to provide living opportunities in a senior community shaped by Christian values!