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5 FAQs About Senior Speech Therapy

A senior adult woman participates in a speech therapy session.

As people age, they become more susceptible to illnesses and injuries, which can take longer to recover from. Fortunately, several therapeutic treatments help seniors restore lost abilities and make the most out of their retirement. If you or a loved one struggles to speak clearly or swallow properly without choking, you’ve likely wondered about senior speech therapy services. We’ll answer five frequently asked questions about senior speech therapy to help you understand this therapeutic treatment and how it can benefit you or a loved one.

Baptist Retirement Community is open to all Texas seniors. Our senior care programs include independent and assisted living programs based on each resident’s current health needs. We will discuss your medical requirements with you and design a comprehensive plan that includes any needed speech therapy, memory care, assistance with daily living needs, and more.

To understand how our senior speech therapy services can support you or a loved one, call 325.313.7931 today to schedule a consultation.

When Are Senior Speech Therapy Services Needed?

Admitting that you need daily support can be hard for many people. For seniors, the need for speech therapy can happen gradually or appear suddenly due to a neurological event or accident. Some of the more common reasons that seniors might need speech therapy include:

  • Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or other neurological conditions
  • Suffering a traumatic brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Hearing loss
  • Aphasia
  • Voice and speech concerns
  • Cerebral palsy

Seniors who suffer any of these conditions and don’t participate in speech therapy will likely experience a number of physical and psychological issues. Malnutrition is a primary concern if an individual can’t eat properly. This can hasten age-related decline and other serious health consequences. If a senior adult is unable to communicate well, it can lead to feelings of isolation, loneliness, anxiety, and depression.

At Baptist Retirement Community, our assisted living programs include speech, occupational, and physical therapy, as well as other essential senior care programs.

Five FAQs About Senior Speech Therapy

Here are five answers to questions you may have, as you consider whether senior speech therapy is the right choice for you:

1. How Will Speech Therapy Benefit Me?

Just a few of the benefits of speech therapy include better communication and cognitive function. Increased ease of swallowing, making eating safer and more enjoyable. Additionally, better communication will lead to more independence and improved self-esteem.

2. What Should I Expect During Speech Therapy?

Therapists will conduct a full health assessment to determine the severity of symptoms and the best treatment options to restore lost abilities. Then, you will participate in several activities designed to strengthen muscles in the mouth, improve your tongue control, relearn correct mouth movements, and produce proper sounds.

3. What if I Have Completely Lost the Ability to Speak?

Seniors who are completely unable to speak will learn new ways of communicating. Therapists will work to develop new modes of communicating. Examples could be texting, writing, or hand cues.

4. Where Are Speech Therapy Services Held?

Speech therapists typically work with seniors in their homes, at hospitals, community centers, and senior living communities.

5. What Is the Average Cost of Speech Therapy Services?

The cost of speech therapy can vary depending on several factors. On average, speech therapy services can cost between $65 and $150 per session.

If you have additional questions about speech therapy for seniors, the staff at Baptist Retirement Community are happy to answer you and discuss all of our services.

Baptist Retirement Community: Enroll in Our Senior Speech Therapy Services Today

Baptist Retirement Community is a fully accredited senior living community that welcomes Texas seniors who can benefit from speech therapy or any of our other therapeutic treatments. Our assisted living programs are tailored to each resident’s specific needs and will adapt as our residents’ needs change. We offer a number of personal services and amenities, such as nutritious meal plans, daily social activities, a full-time clergy, and other beneficial senior services and care programs to make sure your time here is secure and enjoyable.

For more senior speech therapy information submit our online contact form or call 325.313.7931 to schedule a tour of our senior living community.