Mrs. Marilyn McBeth was having a terrible time swallowing after a long illness. She was choking and coughing on food and was frustrated because she was missing her favorite foods, not getting enough nourishment and embarrassed to eat at a restaurant. Her provider suggested working with a speech therapist to improve her swallowing function. She lives near Lima and traveling to Dayton was not an easy option for her. The Lima CBOC doesn’t have a speech therapist but the Telehealth program came to the rescue suggesting the Telespeech Program. Mrs. McBeth worked with therapist, Heidi Williams, by videoconference. “Mrs. McBeth was very motivated to improve but the distance was a problem, Heidi stated. “ I would send her exercises and we would practice them together by video.”
Today, Mrs. McBeth is greatly improved. She states, “I never thought I would be eating my favorite foods again!” Putting the patient first is always a win-win situation. Creativity and technology combined to provide Mrs. McBeth the care she needed at a convenient location.
If you would like more information about Telehealth services at Dayton VA Medical Center, please contact Cyndie Janney at 937-268-6511 x5472.