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Elderly Care

Malaysia - Elderly Care


Elderly people face many issues that are challenging and difficult as age brings with it various illnesses, conditions and frailties. This can be a worrying time for the elderly themselves and their families. Living in a foreign country can bring further issues and it is important that services for the elderly should be accessed. With an increasing older population, Malaysia has worked hard to ensure their elderly citizens are well-cared for and have options available to them.

Residential Care and Senior Living

Healthcare is provided to the elderly by both the publically and privately funded sectors in Malaysia. A citizen of Malaysia will have access to all publically funded services. The government has set in place that access to both must be met for elderly people regardless of boundaries which may be in place due to the location of any elderly person. Once the decision has been made to seek residential care in Malaysia, then it is vital that services are able to be accessed.

Malaysia has the culture whereby a family genuinely cares for its elderly and as a consequence of the large immigration numbers which now flock to the country, there has been an upsurge of senior living accommodation and residential care. Various private care organizations are popping up throughout the country and offering the elderly independent living complexes with full support services.

If an elderly person is unable to manage independently then there are fully-supported residential homes which offer assistance where needed as people age and mobility becomes less limited. These nursing homes are very modern and new due to Malaysia taking lessons from how other countries provide for their elderly.

www.greenleafretirement.com/index.php?sc=OurServices This Company is one example of senior living for the elderly in Malaysia. Just like in the USA these complexes are self-sufficient and offer a full range of services for elderly people. Companies such as these are increasing the provision of such services.

Nursing Homes

Similar to residential homes, traditionally nursing homes were run by charities. This is no longer the case and care organizations are branching out into the nursing home sector. As Malaysia’s ageing population increases steadily, demand is high for such nursing homes as more western influences are brought into the nation. There are nursing homes available in Kuala Lumpur. These are of a high standard and are full of activities and fun. Government proposals have increased the availability of care homes and demand for such services will only increase as Malaysia will within the next decade, have a larger elderly population.

Hospices and Palliative Care

Malaysia has always operated ‘end of life’ care homes and hospices. With many privately-funded hospices available, there is now a larger choice than previously. Studies by the British Geriatric Society which researched Asia’s growing ageing population highlighted that Malaysia’s improving healthcare system was partly down to the training of nurses in pediatric care and this had also progressed to elderly care and improvements were being made to hospices. Levels of care in hospices are high and while many are still run by charities, availability of private hospices are on the increase as care organizations realize that soon there will be a larger elderly population in Malaysia.

Services from hospice care don’t just remain in hospices. There are home visits that can be arranged for those elderly people who want to remain at home. Care and pain management is offered by trained staff and doctors. There is a multi-team approach to end of life care. It is managed with care and respect to reduce pain and give hope.

www.hospismalaysia.org This is an example of hospice care in Malaysia which is run by a charitable organization.

Summary

Services for the elderly are improving in Malaysia. Malaysia has a young population and like other Asian countries there has been a realization that the elderly population will increase as time moves forward. This has prompted private care organizations and investors to show interest in countries such as Malaysia to bring a high level and standard of elderly care services to the residents.

Retirement is an attractive prospect in Malaysia as income from abroad is not taxed. With the cost of living much cheaper than in the United Kingdom and USA, good tax benefits and an improving provision of services for the elderly, Malaysia is not just for the young.




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