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On-Site Swallow Studies are Now Available at the MediLodge of Taylor

taylor swallow studiesSwallowing disorders, which may also be called dysphagia (dis-FAY-juh), can affect adults at very different stages in the swallowing process. Some signs of difficulty may include coughing or choking during or after eating/ drinking, a wet-sounding voice, weight loss or dehydration, chest congestion or pneumonia, or foods getting stuck in the mouth. These can all result in malnutrition and/or dehydration, an increased risk of food or liquid entering the airway (called aspiration which can lead to pneumonia), and a reduction in the enjoyment of a meal or sharing a meal with others.

A speech-language pathologist (SLP) is able to diagnose swallowing disorders, and may use a modified barium swallow study to further assess swallowing function in patients who are experiencing dysphagia. A modified barium swallow study involves an x-ray of a patient while they eat and/or drink items containing barium. The barium allows the SLP to determine the presence/risk of aspiration, assess what parts of the swallowing process are not working correctly, and make recommendations for foods/drinks that are safest to swallow as well as techniques to help a patient improve their swallowing function to safely participate in eating/drinking.

Traditionally, a patient would have to be scheduled for an appointment at a hospital or facility that performs modified barium swallow studies, resulting in the need for transportation and time away from the patient’s home environment. The Medilodge of Taylor is now offering on-site modified barium swallow studies in our own facility. This allows for reduced time for the patient in the study, no need for transportation to an unfamiliar environment, and faster results allowing for quicker turnaround for valuable patient care.


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The New Wellness Center at MediLodge of Taylor


MediLodge of Sterling Heights Honors Physical Therapy Team

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

Submitted By Kathleen Jakovac, PTA, MediLodge of Sterling Heights

October is Physical Therapy Month. It is a great time to honor those people that have devoted their life to giving people back their lives. Physical therapists work closely with occupational and speech therapies to develop an individualized, comprehensive program to get people up and moving again.

In order to give the Lodger the best therapy available, we at MediLodge of Sterling Heights embrace teamwork. Teamwork by definition is the process of working collaboratively with a group of people in order to achieve a goal. Teamwork starts at the top. No matter how large or small a company is the success of that company is based on cooperation and implementation. The challenges for this lies within combining members’ talents and allowing structured freedom towards a single focus. A few principles to keep in mind for team building are as follows:

1. The principle of “Niche”; That is to say, all members have a place where they add the most value. No worker is more important than another.

2. The principle of “Chain”; This related to the strength of team workers being directly impacted by its’ weakest link. Therefore encouraging a team member to accept and be responsible for their position on the team can be critical for promoting accountability for the jobs perimeters and the team.

3. The principle of “Compass”; This gives vision to the team members, defining direction and instilling confidence that the purpose of the teams goals are not only worthwhile and achievable but that all workers efforts are respected and moving in a common direction.

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

These few principles are by no means all inclusive of what it takes to create and maintain a successful team, but a mere glossing of principle ideas. In order to create a rewarding and productive workplace and support and promote a successful collaboration it takes leadership, communication, coaching and flexibility. I count myself fortunate to have been included in such a team. Recognizing it to be essential for a rewarding and productive workplace it is necessary to limit interruptions and not overload staff.

In closing I will leave you with two of my favorite quotes:

“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together in success.” – Henry Ford

“Synergy – the bonus that is achieved when things together harmoniously.” – Mark Twain


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MediLodge of Sterling Heights

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy: An Interdisciplinary Powerhouse at MediLodge

Submitted by Kristina Herfert

COTA, MediLodge of Sterling Heights


Many people are curious as to what Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy are.  Family members are often confused and question why their loved one attends three different therapies.  These three therapies have their own distinct focuses.  However, they do overlap in some areas.  To help explain, let’s consider Edward, who has recently had a stroke.  Before having a stroke, Edward was living at home alone and was able to independently care for himself.  Edward came to MediLodge of Sterling Heights for therapy services.

Sterling Hts Therapy

Physical therapy (PT) will focus on improving Edward’s mobility and balance.  PT can help to strengthen Edward’s legs and utilize various techniques to improve his balance. They will assist Edward in learning how to utilize a walker or cane for walking.  PT can assess his need for any braces or other adaptive devices he may need.  If necessary they will help Edward to complete stair climbing in order to enter his home.  They will help Edward with moving about in bed and transferring to/from bed.  PT’s focus will be on returning Edward to his prior level or making him as independent as possible through the use of adaptive equipment and/or techniques.


Occupational therapy (OT) will focus on improving Edward’s independence in completing everyday activities.  Some activities include bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, cooking, and cleaning.  OT helps to teach adaptive techniques in order for Edward to become as independent as possible.  This could include showing Edward a different way of putting on his shirt.  They will teach Edward energy conservation and work simplification techniques to use in the kitchen.  They can help Edward in the bathroom and recommend adaptive equipment for safety including a shower chair and grab bars.  They will help Edward make the appropriate adaptations to return home.


Speech therapy (ST) will help Edward if he has a swallowing difficulty or any cognitive deficits.  ST will evaluate whether Edward’s diet is appropriate and safe.  They want to ensure that his food “goes down the right pipe.”  Some people that have had a stroke may experience difficulty expressing themselves or understanding what someone else is saying.  They will help Edward to learn adaptive techniques in order to communicate with others.  ST will also aide in helping Edward with adaptive memory techniques.


As you can see, all three therapies focus on separate things but must come together to ensure Edward becomes as independent as possible.  They will exchange information and discuss treatment options with each other.  Together they will develop the most appropriate treatment program.  These are just some areas that therapy can address.  Each person is different and therefore their treatment is different.  Feel free to stop by and ask the therapy department any questions you may still have.

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