Activities are provided to the residents by trained staff seven days a week. Some activities include bingo, trivia, painting, and special guests, among many others that help stimulate the minds of our residents and help them enjoy their day.
If you’ve been diagnosed with dysphagia, you probably have a lot of questions. Dysphagia is defined as difficulty in swallowing. Patients with dysphagia usually exhibit signs of penetration or aspiration (food or liquid getting into the lungs), VitalStim Therapy is designed to help swallowing through the use of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES).
Electrical stimulation is used to aid muscle strengthening to rehabilitate the swallow. The sensory stimulation that is provided also helps muscle recruitment and swallowing function.
A typical session begins with the dysphagia therapist cleansing the skin with a special alcohol swab. Sometimes moist heat and massage will be applied to improve the effects of the treatment.
The therapist will then attach the electrodes to the neck, Once turned on, the VitalStim device provides stimulation to the target muscles. At this time, your therapist will coach you through active swallowing exercises that include “swallow hard, swallow fast” and swallow in a single contraction”. These swallows will include food and liquids that are deemed appropriate by your therapist.
Fall Prevention Program, therapists identify residents at risk for fall and use the safest intervention possible to reduce the potential for future falls.