Communication is important for maintaining a good quality of life. When an injury or illness affects the ability to speak clearly and effectively, patients can experience extreme frustration, stress and anxiety.

Memorial Hermann Home Health provides speech therapy services in the comfort of the patient’s own home. Our experienced, compassionate team of licensed speech-language pathologists provides the necessary training to help restore skills so patients can live a more fulfilling life.

What is Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy is targeted treatment for disorders related to speech, language, comprehension and swallowing. The goal is to help patients strengthen speech-related functions, so they can live comfortably and independently.

The ability to connect with family and community is essential for overall wellbeing. Without effective speech and language skills, people may struggle to maintain relationships and to let others know about their needs and wants.

Our therapeutic program helps patients improve a variety of skills, including:

  • The ability to speak clearly, with minimal slurring and maximum fluency,
  • The ability to swallow, and
  • Memory and cognition.

What is Home Health Speech Therapy?

With home health speech therapy, a licensed therapist comes to the patient’s home and follows a specific treatment plan. Home health speech therapy is a specialized program for patients who need to stay in their homes instead of coming into a facility for treatment. These patients include those who have an acute health concern, or those who do not have the functional mobility to safely leave home. Home health speech therapy is covered by most insurance plans.

Who can Benefit From Home Health Speech Therapy?

Patients whose ability to speak or swallow has been damaged by injury or illness are good candidates for home health speech therapy. This frequently includes patients who are recovering from a stroke or traumatic brain injury, or those living with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Conditions We Treat and Services We Provide

Memorial Hermann offers home health speech therapy evaluation and treatment for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Neurogenic communication disorders (CVA, Parkinson’s disease, etc.)
  • Disorders affecting speech, language, hearing and swallowing
  • Cognitive retraining
  • Dysphagia management
  • Voice disorders (articulation, fluency and organization of language)
  • Laryngectomy rehabilitation
  • Aural rehabilitation for hearing loss

How to Receive Home Health Speech Therapy

Most patients who receive home health speech therapy are referred by their physician. Please speak with your health care provider to determine if speech therapy at home is appropriate and to begin the process.

What to Expect

The speech therapists at Memorial Hermann Home Care are highly trained specialists. We have extensive experience in determining which treatment options will be most successful in strengthening speech-related skills, based on medically proven methods and techniques.

Your First Visit

The first visit from your therapist will focus on evaluation and planning. Your therapist will conduct a comprehensive exam to assess your health and determine appropriate goals. Next, the therapist will work with you to develop a specialized treatment plan to help you progress from where you are to where you want to be.

As You Make Progress

During home visits, your therapist will evaluate the progress you are making and adjust the treatment plan, if necessary. As part of a comprehensive approach, your therapist will stay in communication with your physician to ensure you are making progress and working toward your health goals.