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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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  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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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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Palliative care has been in Australia for years, but is often misunderstood. People often think that palliative care just means that they stop treating your illness and only treat your pain. Actually, it has a lot more to offer than just pain. But many are confused about what it actually is, so we’ve made it…

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The skin of an elderly person is fragile. When there is a tear or break in the skin bacteria can enter. It’s important to dress the skin break immediately to promote healthy healing and prevent ulcers. Infected ulcers can become cellulitis which is an area of pain, swelling, and redness in the skin. Diabetics are more at risk...

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Often people want to help care for someone but just don't know how or what they should do.  This simple video shows how to care for someone who has been staying in bed for a long time and is at risk for developing a bedsore or pressure injury.  This can be anything from a red area...

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Often people want to help care for someone but just don't know how or what they should do. Patients who are in bed for long periods of time are prone to pneumonia and therefore shortness of breath. If they become restless, agitated or confused it can be because of lack of oxygen in their blood. This...

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Simple mouth care can prevent infections. This quick video shows how to care for someone by giving them simple mouth care. An early indication of bacteria in the mouth is bad breath. Saliva helps kill the bacteria that normally live in our mouths and prevents them from spreading. If your immunity is low or your mouth...

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This video shows you how to give a Clexane injection.  Clexane injections can prevent blood clots. A blood clot is a lump that forms usually in the lower part of the leg and it can cause smaller clots to break off and go the heart or lungs. If your doctor gives you a prescription for the...

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