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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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  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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Deciding on a Residential Aged Care Facility is an incredibly tough, yet very important decision to make. People often find themselves overcome by the options, and without the guidance to be able to make an informed choice. Here are the top seven things to consider before choosing an aged care facility. 1. Have you been…

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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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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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