At Bella Vista Health Center, our Speech Therapy program consists of treatment, support, and care for individuals with communication, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. 

The dedicated speech therapists at our skilled nursing facility will evaluate your loved one to diagnose the cause of his or her communication difficulties. From there, the therapist will develop an individualized program of care that involves work in key areas such as speech, cognition, voice, and swallowing. Regaining skills in reading, writing, and memory are also emphasized.

Speech Therapy After Stroke

Among the many debilitating consequences of a stroke or dementia, the need to re-learn how to communicate and swallow can be especially challenging. To ease the transition into rehabilitation, our team of speech therapists promotes a comfortable and nurturing environment where each patient feels empowered to learn to speak, comprehend language, and swallow safely once again. Specifically, our speech therapists are trained to help individuals:

senior doing speech therapy after a stroke
  • Speak concisely and clearly
  • Stay on topic in conversation
  • Find the right words when speaking
  • Understand what others are saying
  • Exercise voice volume control
  • Display appropriate facial expressions
  • Learn and remember new information
  • Pay attention and concentrate
  • Organize thoughts and make decisions
  • Relearn to swallow using adaptive techniques 

 Dementia Speech Therapy Programs

The goal of our speech therapy programs is to help residents regain the ability to communicate, comprehend language, and swallow, as well as equip them with the tools they need to continue recovery at home. There are several speech therapy programs available to rehab patients at Bella Vista Health Center, including:

Dysphagia retraining

Those who suffer from a stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, or other damage to the central nervous system may develop a swallowing disorder, known as dysphagia. The speech therapists at Bella Vista Health Center work with dysphagia patients to strengthen the muscles in the throat and introduce behavioral techniques to help them relearn how to swallow safely.

Cognitive retraining

Changes in thinking and the ability to understand language can have a dramatic impact on an individual’s quality of life. Our cognitive retraining program is tailored to each patient’s individual needs and may involve teaching the patient strategies for approaching and solving problems, establishing routines and schedules, improving memory, and teaching exercises that increase attention span.

Communication retraining

Some individuals who have suffered a stroke or other neurological damage may lose the ability to initiate and sequence the sounds that make up speech. Our speech therapy after stroke program helps individuals relearn how to coordinate the muscle movements required to produce sounds correctly and sequence those sounds into clear words. Emphasis is also placed on improving breath support to adjust speaking volume and increasing tongue and lip movement.

For more information on Bella Vista Health Center’s skilled nursing facility or speech therapy programs, please contact us at (619) 644-1000.