Continuing Care Services

Page Contents

  • Communication Health in Continuing Care

  • Continuing Care Education Series

  • Continuing Care Bursary Program

  • Resources

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., S-LP(C). Read more about Pamela here. Shoreline is a member of the Serving Seniors Alliance of Halifax.

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.

Continuing Care Bursary Program

This program is part of Shoreline's Community Service Program. It was developed to increase access to intervention for persons residing in continuing care facilities who would otherwise not be able to access communication health services due to their physical or mental health and financial constraints. Up to two bursaries are offered per year.

Examples of persons who would qualify include residents with communication disorders related to dementia, stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease. 

For additional information or to apply, please download the application form.

 

 

Resources

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

Shoreline Speech Therapy

Paddlers Cove Professional Centre

300 Prince Albert Rd., Suite 215, Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 4J2

info@shoreline-speech.com

phone (902) 405-7858 or (902) 219-3065 

fax (902) 704-5444

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