ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE FOUNDATION MALAYSIA (ADFM). DEMENTIA CARE IN MALAYSIA By Long Heng Kow – Honorary Executive Secretary. Date: March 26, 2009. ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE FOUNDATION MALAYSIA (ADFM).
DEMENTIA CARE IN MALAYSIA
By Long Heng Kow – Honorary Executive Secretary
Date: March 26, 2009
The backbone of Dementia care in Malaysia is provided by about a dozenGovt. GeneralHospitals Psychiatric wards which take care of Dementia patients as well as those with other mental illnesses. The above Hospitals not only provide beds for their patients but also conduct Out-PatientClinics for the less severely sick. The above Hospitals are spread throughout the country, normally situated in the State Capitals. So the basic needs for treatment of Dementia are provided by the Govt. through its Psychiatrict Wards, new and budding Geriatric Wards in KL, PJ, Banting, Ipoh, Penang, Johore Bahru and Kuching. The third Dept. in the Govt. Hospitals that offer treatment for Dementia are the Neurological Wards. As Govt. Hospitals are almost free, they are extremely crowded and not much of therapeutic activities are conducted as they can hardly cope with the large number of patients.
The estimated levels of prevalence and incidence of Dementia in Malaysia in 2005 as compared to the projected figures for 2020 and 2050 as taken from the ADI paper on Dementia in Asia Pacific Region, 2006, are listed below:-
TOTAL POPULATION = 27.7 MILLION ( STATS. DEPT. 2008)
MALAYSIA PREVALENCE INCIDENCE
2005 63.0 20.1
2020 126.8 39.0
2050 453.9 138.8
(ADI - Dementia in Asia
Pacific Region, 2006)
We are unable to collect actual data on Dementia and figures used will surely have been estimates of population figures against an estimated incidence %.
Besides the earlier mentioned facilities for treatment of Dementia, Dementia care in Malaysia in terms of providing therapeutic activities for patients to exercise their brains, etc. are sadly undeveloped.
The Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia (ADFM) started the first and only Alzheimer’s Daycare Centre from September 2002 at Kuala Lumpur for Dementia patients until December 2007 when our associates in the south in Johore Bahru, JOBADA, started the second Daycare Centre and the ADFM acquired a new Head Office building which ground floor was turned into another Daycare Centre for Petaling Jaya, Selangor, not far from Kuala Lumpur which was opened for clients in September 2008.
The capacity of the existing three Daycare Centres operated by ADFM and its associates are roughly:-
We charge starting new and small Geriatric Wards at HKL, Banting District Hospital, Seremban General Hospital & most recently a new Geriatric Ward at the very modern Temerloh District Hospital. RM30.00 (approx. US$8.00) per day for all the above.
For those who have difficulty paying, a means test will be conducted and a Finance Committee in ADFM will decide the level of discount. We have reduced up to 50%.
Daycare offered:- Monday-Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Half hour earlier drop-off and half hour
later pick-up can be made
by prior arrangement, to accommodate
working family members.
(We operate Mondays to Fridays only as Nursing staff and caregivers need their rests during the week-ends).
Playing “Chongkak”, a Malaysian Game starting new and small Geriatric Wards at HKL, Banting District Hospital, Seremban General Hospital & most recently a new Geriatric Ward at the very modern Temerloh District Hospital.