By Somluck Srimalee
For example, Chiang Mai developer Meesuk Thailand Co Ltd points
to their Villa Meesuk Residence, a project designed for the aged
and which includes a nursing unit to take care of ageing members
at the residence. The project also has a collaborative programme
with hospitals to take care of their customers 24 hours daily for
“We cater to the needs of the elderly,” Meesuk director Sasiwimol
Singhanetr told The Nation in a recent interview.
“There is a abundant space for family visits and our onsite clinic
has a direct link to a nearby hospital in case of an emergency.”
All 28 units in the condominium have been taken up through sales
and rental, and the nursฌing home provides 24hour care for ageing
people with congenital diseases, she added.
Meesuk plans to expand with the construction of 14 single-
detached houses priced at Bt4 million a unit. “Residential demand
for the elderly is growing, as the country moves towards an ageing
However, a thorough understanding of their requirements and daily
necessities is needed in planning a project for the elderly,”
The key to providing residential for senior citizens is to ensure their
healthcare is properly managed, because that is essential to their
continuing enjoyment of a quality life at home, she said.
In Bangkok, Sansiri Plc has joined with Samitivej Hospital to launch
Samitivej Virtual Hospital, a next-generation healthcare service
expected to propel the industry towards the 5G era.
Leveraging the latest digital technology, Samitivej Virtual Hospital
allows users to consult a doctor anywhere, anytime via
smartphone, Chairat Panthuraamphorn MD, the chief executive
officer of Samitivej and BNH Hospitals, said recently.
Under this programme, the hospital has also joined with Muang
Thai Life Assurance Plc, Advanced Info Service Plc, Line Thailand,
Siam Commercial Bank Plc and SCG Cement Building Materials
Co Ltd to provide the service for their members.
LPN, Thai Red Cross team up
LPN Development Plc, in collaboration with the Thai Red Cross
Society, is developing a condominium project, “Sawangkanives”, for
the elderly at Bang Pu district in Samut Prakan province.
Facilities planned for the project include a library, communal living
room, games room, swimming pool, green park and fitness centre.
Interiors of the residential units will be built with hygienic raw
materials, and the bathroom will have handrails and anti-slip tiles.
“This project is tailormade for the elderly,” said Opas Sripayak, the
company’s chief executive officer and managing director.
AP (Thailand) Plc is also planning a condoฌminium project for
seniors in 2020, with support in design and technology from its
Japanese partฌner, Mitsubishi Estate Group, after a visit to its
construction sites in Tokyo last year, said Vittakarn Chandavimol,
the company’s chief of corporate strategy and creation department.
“Ease of movement is the priority in designing a residential unit for
the elderly. For example, there should be no tub in the bathroom as
it is safer and easier for them to have a shower instead, and there
should be no steps throughout the unit,” he said.
“Also, an area for family activities is needed. Even though a senior
may not be able to participate, they will surely be happy to be
A study by the National Economic and Social Development Board
(NESDB) found that Thailand has been moving towards an ageing
society since 2005 with a growing demographic of citizens aged 60
or above. It has now risen to 11.23 million, or 17.13 per cent of the
“Thailand will become a fullfledged ageing society in 2021 with
senior citizens making up 20 per cent or 13.1 million of the
population,” the report noted. Among them, those aged 70-79 and
above 80, will account for 37.2 per cent and 19.1 per cent
respectively, amounting to 56.3 per cent of the aged population.
According to health reports, the number of seniors needing
assistance for their daily activities, such as moving around the
house, eating and bathing, rose to 20.7 per cent in 2014 from 15.5
per cent in 2009. Those totally dependent on help made up 1.3 per
cent of the total.