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Merran is a medical doctor and a physiotherapist, with decades of experience in the healthcare sector. She cared for her husband through his illness and death when they were both 23. She has completed training as a Death Doula and is a Certified Death Midwife. She wants us to talk more openly about the mysteries and practicalities of death.

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The purpose of Touchstone Life Care is to bring meaning and joy to individuals and their families facing death, by removing fear and providing tools for preparation, compassionate caring, and supported grieving.  We bring real meaning to ageing and dying But at Touchstone Life Care, we know ageing and dying can also bring real meaning and…

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You want to help your patients, clients and their families to have conversations and make decisions about end of life, death, and dying. How can you do this better? Courageous Honesty is what you need first. According to Zenith Virago , well known and experienced Deathwalker from the Natural Death Care Centre.  ‘Courageous honesty, coming…

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If you’re keen to know more about ageing and dying well, or just want to join like-minded people there are many organisations, events, conferences, plus some other fabulous resources we are keen to share with you. Make it easy on yourself and invite your friends and family to go along with you. Or meet new…

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No matter what you call it No matter what you call it- an Advance Care Plan, Advance Care Directive, Management Plan, or a Living Will, all your clients aged 18 +  will benefit from a regularly updated Advance Care Plan. But how can you fit all that into your busy day? Your role should not…

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  Dr Merran Cooper, Medical doctor and the CEO of Touchstone Life Care, chats with Warren Moore about Palliative Care, Euthanasia and Advance Care Directives on Better Living. You can Also listen to this podcast here: Summary of the discussion:   Palliative care has always been my passion. My mission is to help people express what action…

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https://touchstonelifecare.com/ageing-and-end-of-life/talking-speech-pathology-food-families-feeding-tubes/?preview_id=1816&preview_nonce=373a0e8a12&post_format=standard&_thumbnail_id=5788&preview=true     People with Dementia often “lose their swallow.”  This is not often known yet it causes aspiration pneumonia (things going down the wrong way) and is often the reason doctors give a  “Nil By Mouth” order.  There are however things you can do. Here Colleen Kerr talks about her wish for a Masterfood…

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Between them, Colleen Kerr and Dijana Dragicevich have seen it all. Whether you have a new diagnosis of stroke or your parent with dementia is “losing their swallow” these savvy Speech Pathologists have tricks and techniques to help you or your loved one live their best life, all their life. Most impressively they can help…

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