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HCM City foresees shortage of affordable

nursing homes
January 26, 2010 about News, Social

The Government is encouraging investment in nursing homes for elderly people but
most such centres in HCM City are too expensive for the poor.

The city has only four public homes – Thanh Loc, Hiep Binh Chanh, Chanh Phu Hoa,
and Tan Hiep.

They can accommodate a maximum of 1,000 people while the city is estimated to have 383,995
people aged over 60.

For many years now, the Government has encouraged private investment in nursing centers by
offering a clutch of incentives.

Some have indeed been built but they mostly cater to wealthy people.

Ba Thuong Nursing Home in Cu Chi District, for instance, is almost like a resort and has a good
healthcare regime. But inmates have to pay VND4.5 million (US$240) – VND8 million ($430) a
month to live there.

The average monthly income in the city is around VND2.66 million.

“Elderly people from well-to-do families have many choices,” Tran Minh Tam, deputy director of
Thanh Loc Nursing Centre in District 12, said.

“If not Ba Thuong, they can choose to live at Vuon Xoai Nursing Home in Dong Nai Province or
Medicoast, an international health care centre in Vung Tau.

“But finding accommodation for people from poor families is a nation-wide problem.”

Demographers have said Viet Nam will become a nation with an old population in the next 20

By 2030 the number of elderly people is estimated to reach 16.5 million or 17 per cent of the

There are around 800,000 elderly people in the country who need accommodation, food, and
nursing care but each province has just one to three nursing centres.

VietNamNet/Viet Nam News

Ba Thuong Nursing Home in Cu Chi

Trung tâm dưỡng lão cao cấp Suối Mơ

Địa chỉ: Ấp Giãn Dân, Phường Long Bình, Quận 9, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: 38837654 – 38931738 (phone numbers out of service)

1. Nhà Dưỡng lão Nhân Ái

Địa chỉ: 24/7 đường số 1, KP.1 Phường Tam Bình, Thủ Đức, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08) 896 4821

2. Viện Dưỡng lão Thị Nghè

Địa chỉ: 153 Xô Viết Nghệ Tĩnh, Phường 17, Quận Bình Thạnh, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08) 38995638

3. Nhà nuôi người già - The elderly keeping house.

Địa chỉ: 71 Liên Tỉnh 5, Phường 5, Quận 8, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08) 850 4622

4. Trung tâm dưỡng lão Tình Thương

Địa chỉ: 469, Nơ Trang Long, P13, Quận Bình Tân, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08) 5533890

5. Trung tâm dưỡng lão Bình An

Địa chỉ: 4395/1, Nguyễn Cửu Phú, P. Tân Tạo A, Quận Bình Tân, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08) 37505017

6. An Dưỡng Viện Phát Diệm.

Địa chỉ: 212 Lê Ðức Thọ, Phường 15, Gò Vấp, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08) 3894 7706

7. Trung tâm dưỡng lão Tình Thương Vinh Sơn

Địa chỉ: 469/17 , Nơ Trang Long, P13, Quận Bình Tân
Điện thoại: (08) 38055477