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Improving Swallow Ability

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Aug 9, 2022 12:00:00 PM

This 53-year-old woman with multiple sclerosis (MS) was admitted to a transitional care unit following hospitalization for aspiration pneumonia with sepsis (life-threatening body response to infection). She had severe weakness and oropharyngeal dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). As a result, she was referred for rehabilitation services including speech therapy to improve her swallow function. This woman has a history of dysphagia with swallowing treatments due to her MS diagnosis, but prior to hospitalization she consumed a regular diet with thin liquids.

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Topics: Dysphagia, Patient Success Story

Virtual Reality in Dementia Care

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jul 26, 2022 10:45:00 AM

A skilled nursing facility rehab department incorporated the OmniVR® for residents in their memory care unit as a way to make activities interactive and fun. Therapists note it is typically difficult to engage these and similar residents in activities, sustain their attention, and keep them actively involved.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Neuro Rehab

Improving ADLs in Chronic Conditions

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jul 25, 2022 1:15:00 PM

According to the CDC, 78% of adults over 55 in the U.S. have one or more chronic conditions. The ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) such as transfers, dressing, and bathing along with instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) such as shopping, cooking, and cleaning informs healthcare professionals regarding the individual’s level of independence. With chronic conditions such as COPD, chronic heart failure, stroke, and diabetes, individuals may have dyspnea, weakness, and poor aerobic capacity which in turn may lead to impaired ability to perform ADLs and IADLs.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Cardiopulmonary

SLP Clinical Connection

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jul 12, 2022 12:46:41 PM

Celebrate Success!

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Topics: Dysphagia, Speech Rehab, SLP Clinical Connection

Improving Self-Care and Functional Mobility

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jun 22, 2022 4:45:06 PM

This 66-year-old gentleman was admitted to a skilled nursing facility following a two-month hospitalization due to COVID-19 with pneumonia. He was weak and required 6 liters per minute of supplemental oxygen. Prior to hospitalization, he lived at home and was independent with all self-care and mobility.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Cardiopulmonary

Addressing Frailty with Advanced Rehab Technology

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jun 21, 2022 1:44:29 PM

Aging results in a loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) and a decrease in muscle strength, which can lead to functional impairment and frailty. Research highlights the impact of frailty on individuals and how exercise and rehab technology may counteract this decline.

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Topics: Fall Prevention & Balance, Clinical Tip, Cardiopulmonary

SLP Clinical Connection - Focused Clinical Application

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jun 7, 2022 10:10:34 AM

Synchrony: Mendelsohn Maneuver

Mendelsohn Maneuver is not commonly utilized as a swallowing intervention, but has been shown to provide lasting rehabilitative effects.

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Topics: Dysphagia, Speech Rehab, SLP Clinical Connection

Improving Speech and Ability to Eat Using Breathing Therapy Biofeedback

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on May 12, 2022 8:00:00 AM

This 80-year-old woman experienced severe debility following hospitalization for COVID-19 with pneumonia. She was referred to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation services including speech therapy to address poor voice quality, and difficulty breathing while eating. She also required 3 liters per minute of supplemental oxygen. Prior to hospitalization, she had no limitations in speaking and eating.

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Topics: Dysphagia, Patient Success Story, Speech Rehab

SLP Clinical Connection - Champions Corner

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on May 2, 2022 1:44:12 PM
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Topics: Dysphagia, Speech Rehab, SLP Clinical Connection

Improving Wound Healing and Mobility Using Electrical Stimulation, Ultrasound, and Exercise

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Apr 28, 2022 4:02:15 PM

This 82-year-old woman was unable to get up after falling at home. As a result of laying on her left side for more than 24 hours after the fall, she experienced tissue injury on her right hip that progressed over time to a non-healing unstageable (depth not visible) pressure wound. She was referred to outpatient physical therapy for wound healing and fall prevention. Prior to her fall, this woman lived alone and walked with a walker.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Wound Management

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