We all know that getting old is not for wimps.
Ageing can be a major issue for expats, especially if dementia or mobility is involved and they are living alone. Some return to their home country where they know that they will have access to care facilities or can take advantage of government welfare.
A Group called Lanna Care Net has been formed recently In Chiang Mai, consisting of a local network of concerned individuals and organizations involved in assisting aging foreigners here. Here is information from them.
Lanna Care Net
Helping ageing foreigners live safe and healthy lives in Northern Thailand.
What is Lanna Care Net?
It is a group of people who help ageing foreigners live safe and healthy lives in Chiang
Mai and surrounding areas. We do this by providing advice and practical assistance
What do we do?
We identify those in need, or at risk, either directly or through third parties.
We assist people by counseling, giving advice, offering practical, help and contacting
other individuals and organisations which can help.
We advise and educate people so they may avoid problems associated with ageing.
We will provide emergency assistance when necessary.
We assist people both in the short and the long term, according to need.
We train and educate our members so they become more effective.
What don’t we do?
We cannot provide financial assistance but will help people obtain financial assistance
where they are eligible.
We cannot provide medical or nursing care but can advise clients were suitable support
may be found.
Foreigners in an emergency or life-threatening situation call: 089 700 4486 (24 hours)
For enquiries and general support call: 085 709 8801 (9 to 5 only)
Or contact us by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ageing is not a real problem for Thais.Old age is treated with great respect. Here families bond very strongly. Thai children believe they have an obligation, more a loving responsibility, to care for their aging parents.
There’s never a thought about putting elderly parents in a home (they don’t really exist in Thailand), or having someone else take care of their parents. It’s just given that elderly parents will be taken care of by their children.
There is no feeling of being inconvenienced by this duty of caring for aged parents; on the contrary, their acquired wisdom gives them an honoured place in the household.
If a Thai has to do something for their parents, even if it means it will negatively impact on their job, too bad, parents will win out every time. The same goes for brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents and, often even friends. The needs of the family (and close friends) is more important than the needs of a job or a boss. It’s very rare to meet a Thai who will choose a job over family. After all, there are thousands of jobs, but you only have one family.
Dok Kaew Gardens Entrance
But getting back to Expats. The need for assisted living facilities in Chiang mai is now recognised. One such facility is the Senior Care Programme at Dok Keaw Gardens at McKean Rehabilitation Centre. The centre is managed by the Church of Christ in Thailand (different from the Church of Christ in Australia) and is on the site of a former leper colony.
I kow a guy wih dementia who is living there. David has a room in the secure section.
Accommodation is very comfortable indeed. Rooms are spotlessly clean. Facilities include a TV, refrigerator, electric jug, clothes wardrobe and private shower and toilet. Meals which are basic but nutritious are taken in an airy dining room. Monthly fees which are all inclusive are about 30,000 baht (A$930) a month.
A live in or part time carer in your own house or apartment can be a viable alternative from a cost point of view. It has the advantage of allowing you to live in your own comfortable and familiar surroundings.
The Rooms are set in Landscaped Gardens