Matt Jones has been an integral part of the Paradigm Health team two years. Hecredits the positive work environment and incredible focus on servant leadership at Paradigm for creating a family atmosphere for their employees which he says strengthens and carries over to his ability to build relationships with patients and their families that last a lifetime.
Matt has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and works with a wide range of patients who have different needs providing articulation therapy for patients who have speech sound disorders that may be caused by dysarthria, TBI, or other causes. He also provides therapy for patients with dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), aphasia (word finding difficulties) after strokes, and with individuals who have dementia or declining cognitive status on improving memory skills.
“Providing speech services to address a skill that the patient previously had, but now may struggle with, can improve their day-to-day quality of life.They can become less dependent upon caregivers and regain some independence for themselves,” shares Matt.
For some stroke patients, you are helping them be able to communicate again, which not only enhances the patient’s life, but also the caregivers’ lives as well. The quality of life also significantly improves with patients who have had difficulty swallowing or may have been told they are not safe to eat food anymore. When you can help improve their swallow so that they are safe to eat again, that affects the individual in not only their physical wellbeing because it increases their nutritional intake, but therapy can also improve a patient’s social life as many special occasions and social events revolve around eating.
“Many of the patients I see in either a home or a facility setting have suffered strokes, have neurodegenerative diseases, dementia, cognitive communication deficits, TBI, and difficulty swallowing,” shares Matt. “By evaluating each patient’s specific needs, we can put into place an individualized plan of care to meet the needs of each and every patient.”
For an in-depth look at what Matt and the Paradigm Health team can offer for those in need of speech therapy, watch here.