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New Thonburi hospital caters to ‘super-aged’ society with specialist care

Feb 26. 2020
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By The Nation

Thonburi Healthcare Group Pcl has opened a special hospital for the aged, specialising in providing care to Alzheimer’s and stroke patients.

The 54-bed Thonburi Burana Hospital treats those with chronic diseases and Alzheimer’s, offering full facilities, from patient room to the medical clinic, and medical counselling services provided by experienced doctors, pharmacists, therapists, dietitian, nutritionist and psychologists, Dr Boon Vanasin, managing director and chairman of Thonburi Healthcare Group Pcl, said.

He expects Thailand to become a “super-aged society within decades” and said the project was aimed at accommodating and transforming healthcare as Alzheimer’s and stroke were big obstacles in daily life.

Many countries around the world are becoming ageing societies, and over the next 10 years Thailand is expected to enter the super-aged society with the proportion of population aged 65 years and above comprising more than 20 per cent of population.

The major diseases which cause the elderly to have accidents or death are Alzheimer’s and stroke, Boon said. “Both diseases affect the elderly and caretakers are unable to live their normal lives and be happy as before. There are severe symptoms such as weakness in legs and arms, difficulty in speaking, hard swallowing, Bell's palsy, pressure ulcers in the tract food even psychiatric disorders, etc.

“These problems require specialised care from specialists such as physical therapists, acupuncture, alternative medicine, nutrition therapy, rehabilitation with activities and using modern technology to help.”

He said the Thonburi Burana Hospital is in the midst of a natural environment and facilities, and it will help patients achieve positive results and return to a good quality of life.

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