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Dominican Republic - Elderly Care
Life expectancy at 73 is lower than both the US and the UK, although has improved over the years. In 1970 it was only 58 and 68 in 1990. The main reason for the lower rate is the lack of a good diet and the level of health care available to the poor. Diabetes and heart conditions are a serious problem, and the vast majority of the population cannot afford blood sugar checking kits nor the insulin or medicines necessary to keep diabetes under control. There is also no regular cancer screening programmes and cancer treatment such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy are financially way out of reach of the average person, and cost more than the limits imposed by most insurances.
For those ex pats who find themselves in need of care, it is extremely easy to find a Dominican to provide care either part or full time as this is something they are used to doing. In addition there are some private care facilities, the websites of which are given below.
Residential homes for the elderly
This guide was compiled with the help of Lindsay de Feliz, a British expat blogger living in the Dominican Republic. Visit her blog at yoursaucepans.blogspot.com.
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