Residents who demonstrate difficulties related to speech, language, cognition, communication, voice, and/or swallowing may qualify for speech therapy intervention. Difficulties can result from a variety of reasons including (but not limited to) stroke, brain injury, cancer, and neurological or degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s. Disorders such as dysarthria, aphasia, dementia, and dysphagia often result in/indicate the need for Speech Therapy to intervene, as well. The goals of speech therapy services are to maximize communication, swallowing safety, and cognitive awareness to the level of each individual’s prior level of function. These are often accomplished through patient assessment, resident and family training, evidence-based therapy, and a specific plan of care tailored to the individual need of each resident.