Helping a Senior Stroke Survivor with Aphasia

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Information about Aphasia Treatment after a Stroke

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Aphasia is a condition that may occur after an individual has experienced a stroke and is marked by difficult or absent speech, and problems with understanding and processing language. It provides a source of frustration for many patients and their families because it can create a significant barrier to communication. Fortunately, various treatment options are available. Home Care Assistance of El Dorado Hills offers a few common treatments that are designed to target the specific problems associated with aphasia.

Speech Therapy
The most commonly employed treatments for restoring communication skills in aphasia are provided by professional speech therapists. They use a variety of techniques that are designed to reconnect the areas of the brain that were damaged by the stroke to their respective speech or cognitive related functions. One common technique includes working the muscles of the mouth with different exercises to help the patient to properly form words again.

Alternate Techniques
A variety of other therapy methods have shown to be successful in reawakening speech and communication processing skills. Constraint-induced communication treatments involve techniques that force the patient into communicating with only a verbal response. Here, using body language and other forms of relating are not allowed. Melodic intonation is another option that helps some patients recover speech skills by responding with singing rather than talking. Other therapies include:
• Art therapy
• Associating pictures with words
• Prescription medications
• Group therapy

Home Treatment
When patients who have aphasia are undergoing professional care, their therapists will provide them with activities to perform at home in an effort to enhance their course of treatment. Some examples of home exercises that family members and home caregivers can perform with their patient include:
• Doing word search puzzles
• Reading and singing aloud
• Playing word-based board games

If you provide care for an aging parent or stroke survivor and could use assistance in meeting care needs, know that help is available. Home Care Assistance is a trusted provider of in-home stroke care in El Dorado Hills. Our compassionate caregivers are expertly trained and can assist with a wide range of activities from therapy assistance and transportation to and from appointments to nutritious meal preparation and medication reminders. For more information or to request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation, call a friendly Care Manager at 619-358-3801.