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One of the key steps when creating an Advance Care Plan is naming your Substitute Decision Maker (in some states/territories you may be entitled to appoint more than one).  This is a general term which describes someone who has the legal power to make decisions on your behalf when you are no longer able to…

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When it comes to end of life planning, starting the conversation with your loved ones may seem like the hardest part. It doesn't have to be. Getting the Ball Rolling Unfortunately, there is no “perfect” way of starting a conversation about death and dying. Everybody is different and, in a family, some might handle it...

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Considering an End of Life Plan? Touchstone Life Care is an organisation built on a passionate belief that everyone - young or old, healthy or sick - deserves the opportunity to create an Advance Care Plan that will provide you the dignity you deserve when you need it most.   We believe in:   Connecting....

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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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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 still have the mental capacity to make decisions about your health care, and to understand the consequences of your decisions.  If someone  cannot understand their options, or the consequences of those options then it is too late to complete an Advance Care Plan.  However, if…

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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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