Mealtime Support for Adults with Disabilities

By |2023-03-30T11:06:08+00:00March 29th, 2023|Categories: Disability|Tags: , , , , |

Like breathing, swallowing is essential to everyday life. Humans swallow at between 500-700 times a day, around three times an hour during sleep, once per minute while awake and even more during meals. Around one million Australians have a swallowing difficulty ('dysphagia'). Swallowing problems can occur at any stage of life. However, the knowledge [...]

Speech Pathology Intervention In Dementia

By |2021-12-20T00:49:14+00:00September 29th, 2021|Categories: Aged Care|Tags: , , , , , , |

Speech pathologists play a key role in dementia management. Speech pathology intervention in dementia includes treating speech, language, communication, cognitive, and swallowing disorders that arise across the progression of the disease. This evidence-based summary of dementia interventions was written by two speech pathology students on placement with Wollongong Speech Pathology: Clarisse Baker and Sarah [...]

What is a speech pathologist’s role at end of life?

By |2019-04-24T14:31:13+00:00April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Aged Care|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Caring for a person at the end of their life can be a gift. If done well, we can support a person to die with dignity as well as supporting the loved ones they will leave behind. This presents two questions: What is the role of speech pathology in end of life care, and [...]

What is a speech pathologist?

By |2017-09-27T11:21:33+00:00September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Aged Care, Disability, Rehabilitation|Tags: , , |

Speech pathologists work with individuals across the lifespan, from newborn babies to palliative care. As part of a team, we are uniquely trained to assess, diagnose, and treat communication and swallowing disorders. In Australia, all speech pathologists have been trained at a university. For more information, see www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au https://youtu.be/bpy3F9PltAg

Oral hygiene, communication, and swallowing

By |2021-03-15T00:00:19+00:00September 19th, 2016|Categories: Aged Care, Disability|Tags: , , |

Ever stopped to think about the importance of your oral hygiene? That is, how clean is your mouth and teeth? We need good strong teeth to bite and to chew, to shape speech sounds and of course to smile. When we have problems with our mouth and teeth it's bad news - pain, embarrassment, odour, and [...]

Nutrition, Swallowing and Aged Care

By |2017-09-27T11:26:53+00:00October 16th, 2014|Categories: Aged Care|Tags: , , |

About swallowing and aged care Up to 60% of people in nursing homes have problems swallowing (known as "Dysphagia"). This is because swallowing problems are a symptom of illnesses that occur later in life, eg dementia. Read on to learn more about swallowing and aged care. What does Dysphagia look like? You may notice a person having trouble [...]

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