Askew Joins Lake Prince Woods' Team

December 20, 2019

Nicole Askew is the speech therapist at Lake Prince Woods and Lake Prince At Home, a home health care agency and subsidiary of Lake Prince Woods.

Askew cares for patients with cognitive-linguistic, swallow, and/or speech-language deficits. This includes a wide array of diagnoses including stroke, Parkinson’s dementia, heart disease, and generalized deconditioning. “I assisted a patient at Lake Prince Woods last year who arrived with a feeding tube as her primary source of nutrition and was unable to swallow or even utter one word,” shared Askew. “After 3-4 months of therapy, this patient was advanced to eating regular foods with thin liquids and not utilizing the feeding tube for anything. This patient also began speaking in short sentences prior to discharge home. She has made a lasting impression on me. These are the types of patients you will never forget because they remind you why we chose this career.”

Askew believes that the overall customer service model is what sets Lake Prince Woods apart from other long-term care communities. “I enjoy working at Lake Prince Woods because of the amazing coworkers I get to work alongside,” said Askew. With Lake Prince’s new home health agency, Lake Prince At Home, Askew can further the continuum of care by providing patients therapy within the comfort of their own homes.

Askew was born in Portsmouth and attended Old Dominion University for her undergraduate degree in 2008 and graduated with her master’s degree in 2011 from Hampton University. She has a certification in Vital-Stim, a non-invasive therapy utilized to improve swallowing through the use of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES).

Lake Prince Woods is a residential retirement community offering a range of different lifestyle choices.  Located in Suffolk, Virginia, the community is nestled among 172 acres of woods bordering Lake Prince.  As a continuing care retirement community, Lake Prince Woods offers residential living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care, and home health care. To learn more, visit our website at www.lakeprincewoods.org.