ElderCarelink Blog

Speech language pathologists help others learn to communicate

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
May 27th, 2011 at 8:57 am

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month, and my 40-year career has afforded me the opportunity to see the field of speech pathology change, advance and grow. Today, the overall scope of speech pathology is extensive–covering every age group and demographic. Most of my experience is the area of home health care, and it has been both an interesting and rewarding experience. Each individual is unique–from those with mild impairments to those with more serious or progressive speech, language, memory or cognitive concerns.

Read more »

Creating a meaningful nursing home visit

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
May 23rd, 2011 at 10:44 am

Visiting a loved one in a nursing home can mean a lot. How often have you heard a friend or family member express concern about going alone? When older adults have problems with hearing, vision, speech or memory, there may even be more of a reluctance to visit. The Ideas Institute created an informative booklet–”IDEAS for A Better Visit”–to help people have a more enjoyable visit with a friend or family member who is living in a long-term care facility.

Read more »

Meaningful visits: Sometimes it is just the little things

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
May 17th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

When visiting older friends or family members, it’s important not to stress over what to do during the visit. Although many elders may enjoy having company, those with significant cognitive deficits may not be able to handle the flurry of activity. Instead of always focusing on doing things, let the visit evolve naturally. For example, when my mom first moved to assisted living, each of my visits from out of town consisted of lots of activities and she loved it. Over time, she preferred less going, less doing, and found simpler activities more appealing.

Read more »

Cultural and linguistic hiccups in eldercare

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
May 16th, 2011 at 8:49 am

There’s a hiccup taking place that I didn’t envision in my eldercare long-term journey. It is a linguistic and cultural barrier that I should have seen coming, yet I failed to envision its development.

I have become a cultural translator for those who interact with my mother at the nursing home.

Read more »

Spousal caregivers find support but need more attention

by Carol Bursack
May 13th, 2011 at 8:05 am

As a newspaper columnist and forum moderator dedicated to caregiver support and aging issues, I often hear complaints from well spouses caring for their mate. These folks want to know why most of the online support, and many of the in-person support groups, are dominated by the adult children caregivers.

Read more »