Caring for the Elderly
Speech therapy is effective for older patients when it comes to regaining speaking skills and swallowing. However, when the elderly need speech therapy, it’s often on the heels of a major catastrophe. The patient is left struggling for basic communication, and some fear about their future health and well-being. Because of this, they could fight against the therapy and care that is in place for them.
One of the first ways that a speech therapist helps the elderly, beyond the actual exercises, is that s/he works closely with medical staff to make recommendations so that the patient gets the best care possible. They become the “voice” and are a better option when advocating on behalf of the patient. Furthermore, the speech therapist works with the family members to help educate them on how to engage in exercises with your loved one.
When it comes to insurance papers, a speech pathologist can also be a patient advocate. Not all insurance companies can cover certain therapy and could potentially do what they can to cover as little as they can. An experienced speech therapist knows how to navigate the world of insurance and will do everything in their power to get the expense of therapy covered.
A good speech pathologist is careful and sensitive to each patient’s needs. If you’ve had experience working in a hospital setting, you know how much it can mean to patients and their families when you give support with a light touch to the arm or even just a smile. While you can’t touch a patient’s arm while consulting via teletherapy, a smile on your face can provide some of the same comfort and warmth. Being known for a good bedside manner is not just for doctors and nurses, and your elderly patients and their families will appreciate it!