Continuing Care Services

Communication Health in Continuing Care

The majority of residents of continuing care centres (long term care facilities, nursing homes) experience communication disorders. These may be related to hearing impairments; neurological conditions such as dementia, stroke, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, or Huntington's disease; or conditions that have been present since the individual was born such as cerebral palsy or Down syndrome. 

In Nova Scotia, continuing care residents who require communication health services from a speech-language pathologist have the option of receiving onsite visits from private practitioners such as Shoreline. These services are provided by our lead on adult services, Pamela Coulter, M.Sc., SLP-Reg. Read more about Pamela here.

Continuing Care Education Series

This series is part of Shoreline's Community Service Program. It is free to continuing care staff and family members and can be provided on site at facilities in the Dartmouth area (e.g., Halifax, Eastern Passage, Dartmouth).

 

The purpose of these sessions is to facilitate a greater understanding of communication disorders, how they may impact residents, how to support residents, and practical strategies to implement in daily interactions.

Topics:

  • Communicating with Adults with Aphasia

  • Communicating with Persons with Dementia

  • Speech, Voice, and Linguistic Changes in Parkinson's Disease

  • Better Communication, Better Mealtimes

Sessions are 45-60 minutes long. Scheduling is flexible. 

Learn more about options for continuing education for continuing care staff here.

Resources

The Role of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in Dementia Care

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada

https://www.sac-oac.ca/sites/default/files/resources/Dementia_Position-Statement_EN.pdf

The Role of Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists, and Communication Health Assistants in End-of-Life Care

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada

http://sac-oac.ca/sites/default/files/resources/end-of-life_position-statement_en.pdf?_ga=2.49723622.111497762.1637283967-82876092.1637283967

Minister's Expert Advisory Panel on Long Term Care Recommendations

Nova Scotia, 2018

https://novascotia.ca/dhw/publications/Minister-Expert-Advisory-Panel-on-Long-Term-Care.pdf