End-of-Life Care Considerations for the Speech-Language Pathologist

Helen Sharp, Amanda Stead
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Helen Sharp, Amanda Stead

Details: 202 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-640-2

Publication Date: 1/2/2024

The crucial role of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in hospice and palliative settings receives a long-overdue focus in End-of-Life Care Considerations for the Speech-Language Pathologist, the fifth volume in Plural’s Medical Speech-Language Pathology book series. Seasoned clinicians provide a practical guide to the terminology, context, and knowledge needed to employ best practices and address the specific needs of patients nearing the end of life. As a profession, speech-language pathology focuses primarily on rehabilitation, with the expectation that patients’ function will improve with intervention. For patients with life-limiting conditions, SLPs play an important role in supporting patients’ communication, cognition, eating, drinking, and swallowing with an emphasis on quality of living. Clinical professionals require tailored resources to develop their knowledge and skills related to appropriate care and treatment in hospice and palliative care contexts, which have been hard to find until now.

Nearly all patients experience difficulties with communication and eating as they near the end of life. Patients, family members, and professionals benefit if the patient can communicate their symptoms, indicate the effectiveness of symptom management strategies, participate in setting care goals, and engage in social-emotional and spiritual conversations with family and members of the care team. This book provides SLP professionals guidance in how to offer meaningful assessments and interventions that meet patients’ needs. The book contains case examples together with the latest research and contributing clinicians’ years of experience. Supported by these effective and thoughtful strategies, SLPs can offer both comfort and care for patients in their final days.

Key Features

  • An overview of and introduction to the key concepts and benefits of hospice and palliative care
  • Guidance on terminology and standard models of end-of-life care
  • Adult and pediatric case studies with frequently encountered scenarios
  • Chapters authored by a renowned team of contributors
  • Discussion of legal and ethical considerations
  • Practical techniques and strategies for assessment and intervention

PluralPlus Ancillary Materials

  • Appendix C: Supplemental Readings and Resources and will be updated periodically.