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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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People often bounce in and out of hospital in the final years of their life – up to 8 times in their last year of life alone. But why is this the case, and surely it’s not necessary? The truth is, people often don’t have the ongoing care that they would like or need in…

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Hospitals and verbal communication Hospitals are a place where verbal communication goes to die. This is unfortunately a common truth – our modern health care system is incredible and helps many people every day, but it is also a place where people’s wishes can be missed in and people can become caught in the system. You…

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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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Advance Care Document, Advance Care Plan, Advance Care Directive, Health Directive, Living Will. Many of these are different names for the same thing. But what does each mean? What is an Advance Care Plan? An Advance Care Plan is a general overall term that includes any form of planning in advance, including all the above…

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What is digital health care? The phrase ‘digital health care’ can sound scary. Especially when we’ve lived an entire life of having all our health care done in person. After all, the aim of medicine ought to be human-centred. But put them together to make human-centred digital healthcare and the future’s looking bright. Everyone who…

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We asked Rhonda, a tax accountant, to tell us the facts about the costs of aged care facilities in Australia. Rhonda’s mother has dementia and lives in a Residential Aged Care Facility, so these figures are real. Look out for these sorts of costs when you are inquiring about a Residential Aged Care Facility for…

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  An Advance Care Plan needs to be made when you are of sound mind. If someone has dementia then it is too late to complete an Advance Care Plan. They may say and do things that are not in alignment with their usual personality and that is one reason why an Advance Care Plan…

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Advance Care Plans are not written by lawyers or doctors. They are written by ordinary people like you. So you do not need to use legal or medical jargon. However, doctors and other medical staff play an important role in putting your Advance Care Plan into practice. But how do they actually do this? Read…

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