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Re: Old age care homes Udon Thani

Post by FrazeeDK » February 22, 2021, 8:31 am

I guess how a rest home/retirement home is organized is contingent upon the target audience. A lower income group likely couldn't afford private rooms.. A facility set up to cater to higher income expats probably would have private rooms or suites. Stateside I have a 90 year old cousin who lives near Washington DC who moved into a "transitional" retirement home. Currently he is fully mobile and has a one bedroom apartment with small office. The facility staff check on him regularly and he gets maid service a couple of times a week. If his condition declines he can move into partially assisted apartment/room in the same building. Should he go into cognitive or a bad physical decline the facility has a fully 24/7 assisted wing. Could something like that be marketed in Udon? Perhaps..

Thinking about it a bit more made me remember that AEK Udon has that whole back wing of rooms.. I wonder what the occupancy is these days. I would think a portion of that could be remodelled to cater to an elder care clientele. Having the hospital readily available and a large medical support staff already on hand as well as a cafeteria seems to make it a potentially doable concept...


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Post by parrot » February 22, 2021, 11:48 pm

Back in the late 1990's/early 2000's, an American friend's elderly mother used to visit Udon each year for vacation. After she began suffering from dementia, she stayed with her son and wife in Udon for a year or two. She then spent over a year In Wattana Hospital in a private room with round-the-clock nursing care. She died age 97. I don't know details, but my friend told me that the mother's social security checks paid for most of the care. He was content that she was receiving better care there than would be afforded her back in the US and much better care than he or his wife could provide at their home.
Over a year ago, I climbed the staircases at AEK and Bangkok Hospital while waiting for lab results. I got to the top floor of AEK and at least 5 floors were completely unoccupied. I think I got to the fifth floor of Bangkok Hospital where it was empty and the staircase to higher floors was blocked. Bangkok Hospital is now building a multi-floor add-on with car park.
I've long held that there's a business opportunity out there......and places like those listed in the links above are signs that Thais in general are more accepting and able to pay for such care. Whether Udon is ready for a Chiangmai-type resort with Euro quality care.......I'm not sure we're there yet.

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Re: Old age care homes Udon Thani

Post by Drunk Monkey » February 23, 2021, 7:52 am

With reference to old peoples /care homes etc .. possibly a market for elderly expats but not sure about Thais .. they seem to take care of Yai n Pa within the home as a tight knit family and not ship em out into care ... also there is the cost involved which may be beyond the budgets of many both Thai and Expat.

I would imagine there is a mountain of redtape , licensing , rules , regs and laws to follow in registering a home here.

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Post by Doodoo » March 4, 2021, 4:51 pm

Appears the UK Government has a list of approved Care Homes in Thailand

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... n-thailand

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Post by parrot » March 4, 2021, 9:18 pm

Doodoo wrote:
March 4, 2021, 4:51 pm
Appears the UK Government has a list of approved Care Homes in Thailand

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... n-thailand
Thanks for that post. It's the most inclusive list I've ever seen.

DM posted "With reference to old peoples /care homes etc .. possibly a market for elderly expats but not sure about Thais .. they seem to take care of Yai n Pa within the home as a tight knit family and not ship em out into care ... also there is the cost involved which may be beyond the budgets of many both Thai and Expat.

I would imagine there is a mountain of redtape , licensing , rules , regs and laws to follow in registering a home here."

Back in the day when Udon Supermarket was the only place in Udon where you could find such extravagances like sliced ham (albeit frozen), I'd agree with what DM posted. But as the years go by, family size is decreasing, family income is increasing, and life expectancy is increasing. Back in those pre-historic days, about the only groomed/fed pet could be found next to the owner of one of Udon's gold stores and the only tractor in an Udon village was owned by someone who worked in Saudi for a few years and saved rather than gambled his earnings. There were precious few housing developments, and of those like Tanadorn, the top price was around 3.5 million baht. The idea of going out for a cup of coffee meant finding a place that served instant Nescafe in a fancy cup. Times have changed! Although Doodoo's list doesn't include any Udon homes, I can envision the day in the not-too-distant future when someone will develop a chunk of land with ponds and a rice field with roaming water buffalo (for ambience), covered parking for the visiting Merc/BMW drivers, and a Beyond Cafe to cater to the 'children' visiting yai/pa. Yeah, it'll be expensive for some, but then, so is a cup of joe at Amazon or Starbucks.

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Re: Old age care homes Udon Thani

Post by parrot » March 4, 2021, 11:02 pm

I should have added to my above list of historical changes in Udon: If you were willing to take a crapshoot on finding a clean bathroom in downtown Udon back then, you'd almost certainly go to the Charoensri Grand Hotel.......not that that has anything to do with growing old, just one of those things everyone has to deal with.

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Re: Old age care homes Udon Thani

Post by Khun Paul » March 5, 2021, 8:55 am

There are one or two so-called old peoples homes in Udon , but their care is limited and not of high quality.

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Re: Old age care homes Udon Thani

Post by Niggly » March 5, 2021, 7:39 pm

Khun Paul wrote:
March 5, 2021, 8:55 am
There are one or two so-called old peoples homes in Udon , but their care is limited and not of high quality.
& you know this how?
Genuinely interested to know if this is current first hand experience being quoted or just the usual speculation with nothing to support it.

Oh, & it would probably be handy to know which ones you’re talking about
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