Bridging the Gap for Patients with Dementia and Cognitive Disorders

Written by Amedisys

Patients and families affected by dementia and other cognitive disorders struggle to maintain their quality of life and accomplish basic day-to-day activities.

Due to the cognitive and memory decline, patients experience difficulty with eating and swallowing, communicating with family and caregivers and other cognitive functions such as memory and problem solving. These difficulties put the patient’s safety and independence at risk and place a heavy burden on family caregivers as the disorders progress.

Proven speech-language therapies can make a real difference for patients.

Speech-Language Pathologists play a critical role in all stages of dementia focusing on swallowing, nutrition, decreasing behaviors, increasing communication and decreasing caregiver burden. Our Speech-Language Pathology Program uses a skilled multidisciplinary team including nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and social workers based on patient needs to help people live as independently as possible.

Our team can:

  • Stage dementia to determine patient’s abilities, deficits, patient/caregiver education and course of treatment.
  • Provide rehabilitative and compensatory interventions for memory and cognition, communication and swallowing.
  • Develop individualized feeding, eating and swallowing techniques for safe nutritional intake.
  • Provide Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) for the treatment of dysphagia.
  • Address Activities of Daily Living (ADL).
  • Identify risk of decreased mobility, falls, and wound development.
  • Assist with medication intervention and monitoring.
  • Educate and train the patient and family/caregivers on interventions

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