Sally was worried about her father, Paul, who was experiencing more frequent bouts of pneumonia and losing weight. Sally also noticed that her 84-year old father was having some difficulty putting his thoughts into the right words and seemed to develop a loose, moist cough after eating. After diagnostic testing, Paul's doctor said he suspected Paul had a series of TIAs (mini-strokes), and said his pneumonia was due to weakness in swallowing. The doctor recommended a diet of pureed foods and thickened liquids for Paul, and scheduled appointments for Speech Therapy at Crandall Medical Center.
After a few weeks of treatment with sophisticated, new therapy equipment at Crandall Medical Center's Speech Therapy Department, Paul was once again able to safely enjoy eating regular food. And, his word-finding ability also increased.
Crandall Medical Center's Speech Therapists treat speech, language and swallowing difficulties that can result from a variety of causes including stroke, brain injury, dementia and Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological conditions. Our Speech Therapists teach patients how to make sounds, improve their voices, increase their spoken or written language skills to communicate more effectively. For individuals with little or no speech capability, Crandall's Speech Therapists may select alternative communication methods and teach their use.
One of life's great pleasures, the simple enjoyment of eating with friends and family, can come to an abrupt halt with a diagnosis of dysphagia (swallowing problems). For patients with dysphagia, our Speech Therapists use Experia, the newest Vital-Stim technology, to teach individuals to strengthen swallowing muscles or use new strategies to swallow without choking or inhaling food or liquid preventing aspiration pneumonia. After treatment by Crandall's Speech Therapists with Experia, many of the patients who had been able to tolerate only pureed foods and thickened liquids can enjoy a more normal diet.
Crandall's Speech Therapy Department develops an individualized plan of care, tailored to each patient's specific needs. The goal of Crandall's Speech Therapists is to help patients develop or recover reliable communication and swallowing skills so they can fulfill their roles within the family, their social circle and the community and return to holistic wellness.