BAAN MEE SUK
Owned and operated by a CM neurologist. Vision is a mutually-supportive community.
The buildings are new, architect designed and purpose‑built. Ensuite rooms are spacious and light, with large refrigerator, kitchen sink and cooking area with extractor fan. Ground floor rooms have small private fenced gardens, suitable to accommodate a small pet.
The owners are animal‑lovers and appreciate the value of pets for some people.
There is a pleasant communal lounge and easily accessible public areas. There is a swimming pool which when we visited does not have access for people with disabilities. This is currently being addressed.
The Thai director speaks excellent English and is a trained nurse. Staff receive specialized training and can attend courses arranged in house. The staff were friendly, caring and accommodating.
A new 'club house' will be opened soon, serving coffee and western food.
SUAN SAWAN CARE RESORT
A large established resort in a quiet, forested setting in Mae Rim being converted into both a retirement village and a care facility. 62 units, some stand-alone, some multi-unit. A separate building for guests with dementia. The care staff are trained as nurse aides and a qualified nurse is on staff. There is a pleasant restaurant serving both western and Thai food chosen from a menu. Room service is also available at no extra charge.There are two swimming pools, a fitness room and lounge area. One of the pools has good access for people with disabilities.Units are available for visiting families.Weekly shopping trips into Chiang Mai are available. We found this facility particularly suitable for guests who do not require a high level of care.
Director Peter Brown
053-044-097 / 084-447-1471
DOK KAEW GARDENS
Longest established care facility in Chiang Mai, associated with McKean Hospital, on the same extensive grounds 10k south of the city on the Ping River.This facility has three wings, the Lotus and the Orchid, each with 10 assisted living rooms. The Jasmine, with 15 full-care rooms. The care manager is a registered nurse with two other registered nurses on staff. Client-to-staff ratio is 2 to 1. The dining area with fully staffed kitchen is convenient and friendly. Both western and Thai food are available.
053-124-263 / 084-447-1471
MCKEAN HOSPITAL & REHAB CENTER
A long-established hospital and rehabilitation center owned by the Church of Christ in Thailand.This hospital offers private rooms and a range of semi-private rooms and small wards. There are plans for extensive future expansion of individual units with a range of accommodations for elderly people. On staff are four physicians, seven full-time registered nurses, three part-time nurses and 12-13 assistant nurses.Physical and occupational therapy are available on site.This hospital offers experienced end-of-life care services. The Cancer Connect survey team have much experience with this facility and have confidence in their ability to assist patients with terminal illness.
MAE JO HEALTHCARE AND ELDER CARE HOMES
Mae Jo, Chiang Mai
This facility is housed in two separate buildings. The first is attached to a nurse-aide training school is suitable for patients requiring a high level of care. The second is a large, newly-renovated basic Thai-style building in a mubaan. The Head of Care is a qualified elder-care Thai male nurse who trained and worked in Australia, and speaks excellent English. The facility offers assisted living and care for people with greater needs. Available are private and shared rooms.The Cancer Connect survey team have experience working with the highly qualified owner and have confidence in her ability provide a high level of care.
Director: Nurse Boom
VIVO BENE VILLAGE
This is an extensive new, five-star resort-style facility offering both retirement and extended care units. There are purpose-built villas for clients requiring 24/7 care and hotel-grade suites available for family visits.The full-service restaurant has an international menu.The care staff have specialist training and programs are designed based on the care needs of people with dementia and Alzheimers.There are two swimming pools, a spa, a fitness room and recreation areas. The survey team was impressed by the attention to detail and the quality of the buildings, gardens and all facilities.
Director: Mark Dumur
Chiang Mai Healthcare Facilities
SENIOR HEALTHCARE FACILITIES SURVEY
Cancer Connect Chiang Mai has a unique perspective of Chiang Mai’s growing aging population and their concerns about health care and end of life care.
We are aware that the number of care facilities is growing and we wished to provide information to assist people in finding care appropriate to their needs, budget and preferences.
This survey took place during the month of October 2015. Each facility was visited by a group of 3 members of the Cancer Connect Chiang Mai team. Key personnel were interviewed and a tour of the facility was made.
At each place we met the director who answered our questions. We were shown guest bedrooms, eating areas and grounds and medical care staff.
The directors were welcoming and helpful and the results of this survey will be shared with them.