Residential Aged Care

Residential Aged Care

Neuro SLP provides services to people wherever they live, including residential aged care facilities (RACFs). Here is a fact sheet about the role of a Speech Pathologist working with older people, including those living in RACFs.

Many RACF residents have dysphagia related to neurological injury or illness, including dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease. Dysphagia in these individuals can lead to adverse outcomes such as weight loss, dehydration, aspiration pneumonia, and hospitalisation. Early referral and appropriate management of dysphagia can help prevent adverse outcomes.

Neuro SLP provides RACFs with comprehensive assessment and management of residents with dysphagia. We aim to respond quickly to referrals. Neuro SLP works collaboratively with nursing and medical staff and family members in order to develop and implement an appropriate action plan in order to prevent adverse health outcomes whilst maintaining quality of life.

Up to 90% of residents in RACFs have communication problems related to stroke, dementia, or other illnesses or injuries. Communication problems can impact negatively on an individual’s ability to express their needs, wants and opinions to carers and family members. Neuro SLP provides timely assessment and management of residents with communication problems, and works in consultation with all staff and family members to make communication easier for all.

This video explains more about communication problems experienced by many RACF residents.

Neuro SLP also provides inservice training for RACF staff in the areas of swallowing and communication. Please contact Belinda to ask for more information about this service.