Families sending relatives with dementia to Thailand for care

12 January 2020 – Guardian

There are an estimated 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK with local authority residential care costing up to £700 a week, along with private care costing around £1,000. There are no prescribed staff-to-guest ratios in the UK but, with annual staff turnover exceeding 30% and 122,000 job vacancies, levels in state and private facilities tend to be around 1:6.

A small trend has started for British families to send their elderly relatives with dementia overseas to Thailand. Private care homes in Chiang Mai are either British-run or Thai-run with considerable investment from British people, and there are a few Swiss-run. All have the support of the Thai Government.

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