Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Courses for Community Care Staff on Speech Therapy in the Community and Rehabilitation for Older Adults


Everyone deserves to live a simple and quality life. As Community Care staff, one of your main goals is to help your clients achieve a good quality of life.

As some clients may face obstacles while ageing independently due to issues eating, drinking and communicating with others, the onus is on us to help them overcome these challenges.

This is where Rehabilitation and Speech Therapy come into play.

Especially useful for those who suffer from common geriatric syndromes such as falls, frailty and sarcopenia, Rehabilitation in this context aims to help those ageing with chronic conditions. By providing them with a series of compressive assessments and treatments, this allows them to stay independent, regaining function in their daily lives.

At the same time, one of the main factors of maintaining independence stems from the ability to take care of oneself. Thus, Speech Therapy helps those with communication difficulties interact with others better, allowing them to regain a sense of autonomy when they can decide and tell others what they want or need.

Having a swallowing difficulty or dysphagia, can severely limit a persons quality of life and increase their risk of recurrent chest infections if not understood or managed. Speech Therapy aims to provide patients and caregivers with strategies and rehabilitation to eat and drink safely to encourage adequate nutrition and reduce social isolation.

Interested in finding out more on how these courses can help those in the community achieve a good quality of life? Here are two courses you can sign up for to gain deeper insights into these areas:


Workshop on Speech Therapy in the Community
This course aims to help participants understand the significance of texture modification and swallowing strategies, and how they can aid those with swallowing difficulties to stay safe when eating and drinking. Additionally, the course will allow participants to understand those with communication difficulties and learn how to help them communicate better.

Throughout the course, participants will be able to apply the skills they learnt through small and big group activities. Time will also be given for everyone to share their personal experiences and clarify any doubts with their trainers and fellow peers.

Who is this course for?
This course is beneficial for therapy assistants and frontline staff who are in direct contact with residents of nursing homes, day care or rehabilitation centres.

What can you take away from this course?
Participants who finish the course will know the steps that they should take after observing signs that indicate swallowing difficulties. They will also gain useful knowledge to help their patients communicate better with those around them and to also help their patients practise safety when it comes to eating and drinking.

Workshop on Rehabilitation for Older Adults
The course will feature a series of interactive lectures, hands-on practical demonstrations and case study discussions, which will allow participants to gain new knowledge and skills that are aligned with latest evidence and best practices in geriatric care. All of this helps them to provide quality and meaningful rehabilitation for older adults.

Participants who attended the course enjoyed the practical lessons and discussions which taught them how to perform functional assessments and also prescribe and guide exercises in an effective manner. After the course, many were empowered to apply their new knowledge and skills in their everyday work.

Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for allied health professionals, nurses and support care staff (therapy assistants) who work with or support older adults in their rehabilitation journey.

What can you take away from this course?
Participants will gain deeper insights about the considerations when planning rehabilitation for older adults by focusing on the person-centred approach.

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