Army helps repair houses of elderly and disabled in Phuket

Photo by PR Phuket, edited.

The Royal Thai Army has helped repair and renovate the homes of elderly and disabled people in Phuket’s Thalang district. Many elderly and disabled residents in the Mai Khao subdistrict have been hit hard after 2 years of Covid-19 restrictions, and can’t afford to renovate their houses.

The subdistrict had received about 20,000 baht per house to support repairs for about 58 houses. The funding came from the Community Organisation Development Institute. But after the subdistrict’s administrative organisation reviewed the situation further, it found that some community members still didn’t have the budget they needed to hire the right workers.

After the administrative organisation saw that the funds weren’t enough for all residents’ repairs, it was agreed that soldiers from the Fourth Army Region would step in to help better the lives of vulnerable community members. The region’s police major general then ordered 27 volunteer soldiers to help repair the houses between May 29 and June 22. PR Phuket posted about the repairs on Facebook yesterday (July 5).

Last year, numbers showed that the percentage of elderly people in Thailand was growing. The kingdom was set to transition to an “aged” society that year, with 20% of the population being 60 years old or older. Thailand was expected to become a “super aged” society in 2031, with 28% of the population being 60 years old or older.

Thailand’s growing elderly population has caused researchers to worry about the country’s ability to support its elderly. A 2019 study showed that middle-income people in urban areas need to have savings of about 4.3 million baht per household if they want to have enough money at the retirement age of 60. The study, conducted by Thailand Development Research Institute, said elderly people in rural areas need 2.8 million baht.


SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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