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Speech therapy treatment for seniors

by | Jun 24, 2024 | Healthcare & Rehabilitation, Services

For patients that suffer from speech impairment, speech therapists can conduct assessments and therapy in the areas of communication and swallowing disorders before making appropriate recommendations.

There are many facets to speech impairment and it is often not just “being unable to speak well”. It could include speech impairment, language and communication problems, swallowing and eating problems. Here, we break down what constitutes speech therapy and options seniors can consider!

 

What is speech therapy treatment?

Speech Therapists are involved in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of communication and swallowing disorders.

They also work with patients to restore and improve their ability to communicate, feed or swallow and provide a comprehensive treatment management plan addressing these difficulties so as to improve their overall quality of life.  

 

St Luke’s eldercare

For seniors, Speech difficulties can happen as a result of stroke and Parkinson’s Disease, making day-to-day communication challenging. Their Loud Speech Group Therapy programme is specifically designed by their Speech Therapists to allow elders to practice speech techniques together in a fun and engaging way. 

There are a total of 12 sessions and each session goes at S$12 per session.

Location: Multiple locations

Contact: +65 97843678

 

AWWA

The Home Therapy programme provided by AWWA Rehab and Day Care Centre started in 2016 to support home-bound seniors who face physical challenges in functional abilities. Their programme offers structured and holistic rehabilitation through intervention speech therapy to enable seniors to continue living life to the fullest. They provide speech therapy services such as dysphagia management, and oro-motor exercises. 

Location: Blk 123 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, #03-4035, Singapore 560123

Contact: +65 6511 5252

 

Amazing Speech Therapy

Amazing Speech Therapy provides therapy for conditions such as speech difficulty, swallowing difficulty, language difficulty, cognitive communication difficulty and voice difficulty. Overall, speech therapy helps adults improve communication and language skills. 

Location:

Novena

101 Irrawaddy Road #17-01 Royal Square Medical Suites @ Royal Square S329565

 

Katong

46 East Coast Road #09-03 Eastgate (Katong) Singapore 428766

Contact: +65 9105 4575

 

Dynamics Therapy Group

Dynamics Therapy Group recognises that speech impairment is a multi-faceted issue and includes conditions such as dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), stuttering and speech disorder. Additionally, they have a “No waitlist” policy as they recognise the frustrations of long waiting times, thus hiring more therapists to meet demand from clients.

A single session (1 hour) goes at S$190 per session, something to consider for those who want to try it out before committing to a longer term package. For those who are ready to commit to a package, the package of 10 therapy sessions goes at S$171 per session.

Location: 583 Orchard Road #15-04 Forum The Shopping Mall Singapore 238884

Contact: +65 6100 9235

NTUC Health

Speech therapy at NTUC Health focuses on exercising the face, mouth, and throat muscles to improve the ability to swallow and speak. Seniors living with conditions such as dementia, stroke and Parkinson’s Disease may find it difficult to speak or swallow, thereby putting them at risk of choking, or being unable to communicate their needs.

What we like about NTUC Health is that their speech therapists are able to provide speech therapy in Hokkien and Cantonese, catering to seniors who are more comfortable with dialects. 

 

What to expect? 

Assessment:

The trained speech therapists will request information, including medical history, current concerns, and other relevant details from caregivers. The therapist will then conduct an examination to assess clients’ speech, language, oromotor, and swallowing and speaking ability. Based on the assessment, the speech therapists will offer initial recommendations including exercises and caregiver training where relevant.

 

Review and Discussion:

At the end of the session, the speech therapist will initiate a conversation with the client and caregiver on the planned therapy. This includes discussing established goals and the recommended frequency of therapy sessions.

 

Location:

NTUC Health Rehab & Physiotherapy (Ci Yuan) Ci Yuan Community Club, 51 Hougang Avenue 9, #03-01, Singapore 538776

NTUC Health Rehab & Physiotherapy (Serangoon Central) 264 Serangoon Central, #01-205, Singapore 550264

Contact: Enquiry form here

 

Health2u

Speech and language Therapists at Health2u are trained in assessing and treating adults and children with speech, language and communication, swallowing and eating problems. One thing we like about Health2u is them making therapy accessible – access therapy from your home, workplace and even care home!

 

What to expect? 

Certain tests will be conducted to look at the production of sounds and ways of communication before a diagnosis is made and subsequent treatment suggested. On top of this, the therapists are trained to impart care strategies for family members and caregivers to better help the loved one undergoing treatment cope with the process.

Location: Telok Ayer, Singapore, 068574

Contact: +65 8358 2144

 

Conclusion

Professional speech therapists can help your loved ones work toward a better quality of life. We hope this list of speech therapy treatments for seniors is helpful to allow you to gain a better understanding of speech impairment and how the therapy process is typically like.

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