Speech and Occupational therapy services are commonly provided after a stoke, neuro surgery, or event causing memory loss or cognitive impairment.
Our Occupational Therapists create individualized care plans focused on improving the patient’s ability to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s). The care plan is based on a comprehensive assessment of the patient and home environment, recommendations and training for any adaptive equipment that may be needed, and detailed education to the patient and primary caregiver(s). Our Occupational Therapists also adjust rehabilitation if patients have had a recent change in condition, exacerbation of illness, surgery, and/or based on the severity of the after effects.
Speech Therapy / Memory Care / Cognitive Therapy
Patients with cognitive impairment stemming from neurological disease and/or as a result from a traumatic head injury/stroke often develop difficulty swallowing at some point. VNA’s Speech Therapists follow guidelines from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), which outline their protocol for assessing for dysphagia as well as treatment recommendations. Our ST’s will obtain an order from the physician for a registered dietician to assess the patient as well, based on the result of the dysphagia assessment. Together, the ST and RD come up with a treatment that can range from modification in diet, postural changes, and muscle strengthening techniques for improving swallowing.