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(C). 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.
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 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.