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Why British dementia patients are being sent to Thailand

Gabriel Power

 

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New research reveals desperate families seeking affordable care overseas for relatives with the disease

 

A growing number of elderly sufferers of dementia are being sent to Thailand by families struggling to meet the cost of care in the UK, according to new research.

 

The Guardian reports that researchers visiting private care homes for dementia patients in Chiang Mai, a city in northern Thailand, have found “eight homes where guests from the UK are living thousands of miles away from their families”.

 

The majority of these patients have been sent to the Southeast Asian nation because “suitable care in their home country was impossible to find or afford”, says the newspaper.

 

Recent figures from the Alzheimer’s Society suggest that there are currently around 850,000 people with dementia in the UK - a number that is projected to rise to 1.6 million by 2040.

 

Full story: https://www.theweek.co.uk/105184/why-british-dementia-patients-are-being-sent-to-thailand

 

-- THE WEEK 2020-01-14

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1 minute ago, BobbyL said:

What visa will they be coming on?

An O visa and then extensions based on retirement I would think.  

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Sounds like Thai Dignitas to me🤔

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If they ever cure dementia the NHS costs would reduce dramatically overnight.

Probably 10-20%!

One to one care for people with Alzheimers and dementia is extremely expensive and a huge burden on the health system

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To come and stay here they'll need an O visa. 

With an O-A visa they'd need a Thai Insurance that they'd not be able to get.

Still available in the UK?

 

I wonder whatever happened to those Norske OAP that Norway had sent/or was going to send to Hua Hin quite a few years back.

 

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5 minutes ago, jayceenik said:

To come and stay here they'll need an O visa. 

Still available in the UK?

 

Apparently:

 

"O"   To visit family or friends in Thailand, voluntary job, retirement, medical treatment, to attend judicial process, to work as diplomat's housekeeper

 

http://www.thaiembassy.org/london/en/services/7742/84508-Non-Immigrant-visas.html

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1 hour ago, Yinn said:

Why the family not take care each other? Nobody care?

Very sad.

You're right, difference in culture.  Thai families will generally look after their elderly parents until the end.  The west....not so much. 

This is why there are so few nursing homes in Thailand.  I'm surprised they mentioned eight in Chiang Mai.  I checked myself a few years ago and found two.  Maybe there are more now, but I'd guess they cater mostly to non-Thais. 

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