Thousands of miles away from the depths of the murky British winter, the view from the patio of Mary Inman’s villa in Thailand is beautiful indeed.
Luscious gardens replete with fragrant flowers and birdsong, two glistening swimming pools; anyone watching the 83-year-old sitting outside in the evening sunshine might think she was enjoying a five-star holiday.
But Mary, who has severe dementia and needs round-the-clock care, is one of a small but growing number of elderly Britons being sent halfway around the world by families who have turned their backs on the UK’s beleaguered, expensive care system and embraced the care ‘resorts’ that have sprung up across Thailand.
John Higgins at the Care Resort Chiang Mai in northern Thailand; a British-run facility which caters for hotel guests as well as the elderly
While the decision to send a loved one so far from home might be regarded as drastic, relatives say Thailand, with its warm climate and lower cost of living, offers…