Communication problems are common in residential aged care settings with approximately 95% of residents living with at least one communication disorder (Speech Pathology Australia, 2014).
Communication impairment can significantly impact upon a resident’s quality of life. We provide staff with background understanding of different communication disorders (i.e. ‘dysphasia’ (language disorder), ‘dysarthria’ (speech disorder) and ‘dysphonia’ (voice disorder)) and typical presentations. We also provide practical examples of how to support these residents to communicate their needs, wishes and opinions in the aged care facility.