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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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Particularly towards the end of life, it’s important for people to have control over how they live their life. Most people want “a good death”. Perhaps a good death is really ‘a death of one’s own.”  Everyone will do it differently.  Everyone will have different wants and needs. For those people who have “a good…

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We know that although ageing and dying are inevitable, they can be incredibly hard. Life’s irreversible changes take a deep toll on our bodies and minds. We bring real meaning to ageing and dying But at Touchstone Life Care, we know ageing and dying can also bring real meaning and purpose. Not only to our own…

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Getting Older? Getting Worried? Remember – your health is your best asset. But chronic diseases eg osteoarthritis, low back pain, diabetes, and frailty do not have to mean early death or disability. If you are willing to make changes -no matter how small-  you can improve your health. 1. Don’t stop moving, even if you…

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  Dementia can affect a person’s ability to eat in many ways, but it is often not well known that losing your swallow is a common one. Sometimes people hold food in their mouths and forget to swallow it, meaning the food can then go down into the lungs. In the later stages of dementia…

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Statistically, your heart is the most likely thing to kill you. Unfortunately it’s the single biggest preventable killer of Australians. But if you give it some attention, you can rapidly change from risking an early death to extending your time here on earth. You won’t just live longer – your whole life will be better….

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There are many ways you can help with dementia – whether for yourself or for someone close to you. We’ve collected some of the easy ones here. Tell people your wishes Decide and tell others what medical care you do and do not want early – before people need to know. Careful Advance Care Plans can…

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The idea of capacity when it comes to decision making is complex. The word is not well understood, and it’s not as simple as having capacity or not having capacity. Health professionals may say someone “has” or “has not” capacity, meaning they can or cannot make decisions, yet this is often unhelpful as there are…

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Working as a doctor, I have seen first hand what happens when we don’t face up to our mortality. The sad truths about hospital that no one tells you One night when I was on duty a 95 year old gentleman came into our hospital with severe flu and pneumonia. He caught the flu from…

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