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8:00 AM – 11:15 AM

The S-LP’s Role in Long-Term Care: How Can We Create a Clinical Pathway?

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Older adults residing in long-term care present with several health challenges – many of which are inextricably linked to dysphagia. Unfortunately, speech-language pathologists are under-utilized in this setting. As such, we need to take an interdisciplinary approach to care to ensure the appropriate referrals are made and resident needs are met. In addition to empowering clinicians to advocate for increased S-LP services in long-term care by outlining a potential care pathway, this session will focus on many of the factors that need to be addressed when we are asked to see residents of long-term care. We will discuss presbyphagia, determining swallowing pathophysiology, feasible intervention options and nutrition. Best practices for screening, assessing, and treating dysphagia will also be covered. Ultimately, attendees will walk away from the session with the information required to advocate for increased S-LP services in long term care, as well as increased knowledge of how to assess and treat dysphagia given the current restrictions imposed on Canadian S-LPs working in long-term care.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the importance of integrating S-LPs into long-term care settings.
  • Identify two ways S-LPs can help to create a clinical pathway for dysphagia referrals in long-term care.


Intended Audience

Speech-Language Pathologists