Many of us take for granted our ability to speak, communicate, and swallow. But for those of us who experience any number of speech pathologies, we understand just how much it takes to communicate effectively. Did you know that there is an entire discipline called speech language pathology dedicated to helping people of all ages overcome speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders? Speech language pathology (SLP) focuses on preventing and treating common disorders that affect a person’s ability to communicate. Closing the Gap Healthcare employs SLPs in Ontario to treat clients who have difficulty swallowing and communicating. How much do you know about SLP?
Closing the Gap applies a holistic approach to healthcare that includes a broad range of services such as nursing, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, social work, and so much more. We believe that overall well being—physical, mental and emotional—are integral to long-term health. Social work is an important aspect of our program because it aims to improve the wellbeing of families, individuals, and communities while working with governments to improve legislation to help protect the population.
If you’ve ever received medical care in this province, you’ve likely encountered a nurse. Whether it was at home, school, a regular check-up at the clinic, or a major health problem at a hospital, nurses are often at the front of the line in health care. Nurses provide generalized or specialized care to people of all ages, from newborn infants to geriatric patients. But did you know that there are different types of nurses in Ontario, and each type of nurse provides a special sort of care to their patients?
As Closing the Gap recognizes the third year of Fall Prevention Month, we continuously strive to raise awareness of this important health risk that the elderly and physically limited populations face every day. Fall prevention is a collaborative effort between family members and the healthcare community. Together, we can make sure that our parents, grandparents, and family members are safe no matter where they are. Here are some important things we can all do to help lower the risk of falling.
As the summer gives way to fall and vacations end with the toll of the school bell, the shift into cooler weather makes us think about the rest of the year, what we want to accomplish, and how we can continue to take care of ourselves after the cold sets in. September is also Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. This year, instead of watching it slip by, Closing the Gap encourages you to support cancer awareness and research. Here are some ways you can get involved: