Need more information about our services or dysphagia assessment fees? See below
If you have any concerns about a person’s swallow safety, you should seek advice. The most common signs of swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) that are observed are coughing or choking when eating or drinking, but there can be more subtle signs too, such as recurrent chest infections for no apparent reason. The potential consequences of un-managed dysphagia can be severe, so the sooner you can arrange a swallow consultation the better.
Speech and Language Therapists are trained in head, neck and thorax, in particular the complex coordination of the muscles and nerves of the mouth, throat and respiratory system to produce speech. It is these same muscles and nerves that we use for swallowing, so dysphagia and swallowing difficulties naturally fall within our area of expertise. However only some Speech and Language Therapists actually specialise in dysphagia, as it is such a complex and specific area of the profession.
The simplest way to make sure that you are getting the expertise you need is to ask the Speech and Language Therapist about their experience level. All our team are not only CORU registered, including dysphagia skills, but have worked in the area of dysphagia in either community or acute services for many years. In addition, we work as a team, meaning that junior staff members have a senior staff member on call whenever they are conducting an assessment. We are the leading provider of private dysphagia services in Ireland, and are proud to work with our hospital and nutrition company partners to maintain our excellent standards of care.
Insurance companies differ, so the best thing to do is to check directly with your insurance provider whether your particular plan covers Speech and Language Therapy. You can also usually claim tax relief against Speech and Language Therapy services using a Med1 form.
Individual swallow assessments
Our clinical dysphagia assessment, including written notes and recommendations, performed by one of our Speech and Language Therapy team
Dysphagia assessment and recommendations €120 plus travel costs dependent on location
Dysphagia services for clinical settings
Typically charged on an hourly rate, we provide regular services to nursing homes and hospitals all over Ireland. We can also provide SLT cover during staff absence or recruitment
Dysphagia services €85 / hour plus travel costs dependent on location