Adults may experience difficulties with speech for several reasons and the effects may be quite debilitating. Medical conditions such as Huntington’s Disease, stroke, injury and dementia are sometimes the cause of the problems and some cancers are known to contribute too. Regardless of the reasons, the effects are quite upsetting for older patients as they feel an important element of their existence has been taken away. This may promote feelings of frustration, disappointment or apathy and result in isolation and despair.
Speech therapy can help to avert these feelings and restore quality of life. The speech therapists at Peninsula Speech Pathology Services stay up-to-date with the latest techniques in treating adult patients and may be of benefit to yourself or someone you know. We can help with –
– Language support,
– Swallowing difficulties,
– Home care packages for patients over 65,
– Speech impediments,
– Language processing.
Please call for more information on how we can assist adults in need of speech pathology services.
We provide adult speech therapy to improve and support language comprehension, and expression as well as speech production (articulation) difficulties resulting from stroke, head injury or progressive, neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease. We are able to provide these services in the clinic, home or aged care residences.
Communication Partner Training
Available as an individual or group service for family members, carers or residential staff experiencing difficulty understanding or communicating with adults with speech/language deficits.
Voice care and therapy is an area of special interest for several of our therapists. We work closely with local Ear Nose and Throat surgeons to support anyone experiencing ongoing difficulties with their voice. We also offer on and offsite workshops for professional voice users such as teachers, who are dependent on maintaining vocal fitness for their livelihood. Workshops can be customised according to the needs of each client group.
Loss of hearing is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults. Approximately one in three people over the age of 65 experience hearing loss. Having trouble hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, respond to warnings and/or hear doorbells and alarms. It makes it hard to enjoy talking with friends and family and communicate basic needs and wants effectively. All of this can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous. We offer aural rehabilitation services in the home and aged care residences. This includes hearing aid maintenance, communication strategies and environmental modifications to maximise effective communication, client wellbeing and quality of life.
Aged Care Services
We offer assessment and on-going management of speech, language and swallowing for clients at home and in aged care facilities. Eligible clients can access services through their Home Care Package via client directed care.
In-servicing and Education
Education and support in all aspects of communication and swallowing for family, carers and staff groups caring for the elderly.
We provide onsite visits to aged care facilities to screen and review swallow function in residents. Suitable for groups of aged care facility residents. We provide visiting support to update staff on the food and fluid consistencies required by residents.
Swallow x-rays are performed on referral and conducted in a local hospital setting. We work closely with the client’s General Practitioner, Family and relevant specialists to ameliorate swallow dysfunction and optimise safe swallowing for our clients.
We are registered providers with Medicare, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Transport Accident Commission. All therapists working with adults are registered with iPRO Live having met the compliance standards for eligibility to provide contractor services to aged care facilities.