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How do we begin discussions in our facilities about communication and memory technologies?
Consider fully defining the scope of the issue before addressing use of communication and memory. For instance:
- Consider the overall level of independence of the resident(s); this will dictate the type of communication or memory aid you may consider. Generate discussion with a speech-language pathologist to inquire about the various types of communication and memory aids. There are some communication and memory aides that can be used independently by a resident, and other aids that require some assistance from a caregiver.
- A speech language pathologist, one who is a licensed healthcare professional trained in all areas of communication and memory, will evaluate the person and recommend the best strategies based on the resident’s skills and abilities.
- Consider also including the following individuals in discussions when making decisions about communication and memory for residents:
- occupational therapists
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