As Speech Pathologists we uphold the Speech Pathology Australia Code of Ethics. We support consumers by providing client-centred evidence-based practice and act in the best interests of consumers and our profession.
The new Aged Care Standards align well to our Speech Pathology Australia Code of Ethics. Loqui Speech Pathologists apply the standards to our practice.
Standard 1: Consumer Dignity and Choice
Consumer Outcome: I am treated with dignity and respect and can maintain my identity. I can make informed choices about my care and services, and live the life I choose.
At Loqui, we understand clients can make informed and independent choices about their care. We support informed decision making and respect consumers informed decisions.
Standard 3: Personal Care and Clinical Care
Consumer Outcome: I get personal care, clinical care, or both personal care and clinical care, that is safe and right for me.
A Loqui Speech Pathologist ensures best practice within our scope of Speech Pathology management by tailoring our services to the needs of the consumer and helping them make informed decisions about their care. We recognise and address the needs, goals, and preferences of consumers nearing the end of life and maximise their comfort and preserve their dignity. At times consumer’s informed choices may involve risk – we support the consumer’s independence to make their own choices including taking some risks. We will work with the consumer and the organisation supporting them to manage the risk of choking and/or aspiration, while respecting the consumer’s choices.
We respond quickly, either in person or via telehealth to respond to a consumer’s deterioration or change in function, capacity or condition. We document and communicate information about the consumer’s condition, needs and preferences within the organisation and with others where the responsibility for care is shared.
Standard 4 – Services and Supports for Daily Living
Consumer Outcome: I get the services and supports for daily living that are important for my health and wellbeing and that enable me to do the things I want to do.
Our speech pathology services include supporting the delivery of appropriately prepared and presented texture modified foods and thickened drinks. Educating chefs, catering teams, care and clinical support staff on dysphagia, textured foods and thickened drinks. Find out more about this here.
Communication assessments, support and therapy provided by a Loqui Speech Pathologist aim to improve consumes social and personal relationships.
Communication skills of consumers play a large part in their ability to:
Loqui Speech Pathologists prioritise referrals for communication assistance. In aged care organisations, Speech Pathologists are widely known to support people with swallowing difficulties. A significant number of older Australians have communication difficulties. Untreated communication impairments can have negative consequences including decreased socialisation, isolation, loneliness, reduced self-esteem and embarrassment, subsequently impacting on quality of life, wellness and successful ageing.
Speech Pathologists can help people with cognitive communication disorders. We can support lifestyle teams and run programs on how to support people with communication impairment. We can help organisations maximise the communication skills of consumers.
Loqui Speech Pathologists focus on consumer experience by;
Questions the Aged Care Agency may ask consumers.