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Andre Bellon of Bellon Insurance Agents – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Therapy pool at Anastasia Care Home, near Ajijic, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe cost of a good caregiver in Mexico is going to depend if you’re going to a place to stay and live there, or if you’re going to have someone to come to your home and live with you to help you. Here in Ajijic, there are several really good places that take care of people as a place to stay. 
 
For example, I have a customer who started a caregiving facility for people with Alzheimer’s because his wife’s Alzheimer’s was getting worse. This facility is called Casa Anastasia, and it’s located in San Antonio, which is here in Ajijic. Casa Anastasia a really nice place, and the founder has done such marvelous things for people to have a better life.
 
Ajijic has one of the best places for assisted living. This place charges about 20,000-25,000 pesos ($980 - $1,230) monthly for food, a place to stay, and nursing facilities. If a patient needs some type of medication, that will be charged differently. 
 
 
If you have a caregiver come to your house every once in a while, they will charge you per hour. It becomes different depending on the time you’re going to need their services. For example, if the caregiver has to be there with you for 24 hours each day during the entire week or the entire month, it’s going to cost you more or less 30,000 pesos ($1,473) just for that person to be there, plus your medication, food, and other expenses that you have. 
 
If you needed someone to come by for 2-3 hours a day, that would cost you around 3,000 pesos ($147) a day, which means they charge about 1,000 pesos ($50) an hour. One of the reasons they charge that much is because if they charge per hour, they’re going to work those three hours only, and they are not going to have the full 8 hours daily charging it. They can’t just go to another place because there aren’t that many patients. 
 
I would recommend going to a place for assisted living that is especially set up for groups of people instead of paying individually which can be really expensive. In the United States, any of this is going to be much more expensive.  
 
(Therapy pool at Anastasia Care Home, near Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)
Juan Eufracio Marquez Flores of LM&A Immigration and Legal Services – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Alzheimer patients and thier caregivers on a cruise to Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIn Mexico there’s a different range of fees for caregivers. There are some nurses who can charge from 8,000 pesos (US $437) and up for full time.
 
It also depends if the caregiver comes at night. It can be up a little bit for more than 12,000 pesos (US $656) if the caregiver needs to give medical assistance.
 
There are 3 or 4 companies that provide assisted living services in Ajijic and Chapala.
 
(Alzheimer patients and their caregivers on a cruise to Mexico, pictured.)
Melanie Lansing of Mexico Insurance Advisors – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Dining hall in an assisted living facility in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are two types of caregivers here in Mexico.
 
One is American or Canadian; someone who speaks your own language and has received their caregiving skills in the US or Canada. They could be a registered nurse or hold a degree in physical therapy, but not necessarily be licensed here in Mexico.
 
The second is getting a caregiver who is Mexican and licensed here. He /she may speak a little English but is primarily Spanish-speaking.
 
You will see a huge difference between the two in terms of price and the type of care you receive. You will probably pay US $30 to $50 an hour for a caregiver who has US training, while for a caregiver who has Mexican training, you will probably pay $15 to $25 an hour for somebody professional, has a degree and who is a registered practitioner.
 
(Pictured: Dining hall in an assisted living facility in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
Bruce Fraser – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Young woman who was once a caregiver, but not a housekeeper, Lake Chapala, Mexico, pictured. – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingA caregiver is somebody who would come into your house and look after you. You can get a caregiver in Chapala and Ajijic. Getting a caregiver is an area that maybe isn't quite as good a bargain as some of the other things you would pay for here. I inquired on behalf of my mother four or five years ago about a nursing home. It was going to be close to US $2,000 a month. I thought that was pretty steep for this area when I know employees in the nursing homes aren't getting anywhere near that kind of salary.
 
I've also encountered a couple of private nursing contractors that seem to charge a pretty decent rate, but might be seen to be high for people who wanted to contract somebody on a full-time basis.
 
My mother was in a nursing home in Canada that was covered by her old age security check, which I think is a pretty reasonable price. She would have had to pay one-and-a-half times that much, if she had come down to Chapala and Ajijic.
 
I would think a caregiver on a private basis in your home might be in the same kind of ballpark as the cost in the US or Canada or they may even be way higher in the US or Canada than I'm thinking.
 
(Young woman who was once a caregiver, but now a housekeeper, Lake Chapala, Mexico, pictured.)
Kristin Wilson of Orbis Relocation – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Poker players lazing on the beach at Playa del Carmen, Yucatan, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI don’t know about qualified nurses per se or medical practitioners, but just general home care—nannies, baby sitters, maids, all those types of service jobs— you can hire usually at minimum wage, which is around $2 to $4 an hour. It might be even more for a certified medical practitioner, but that would be the going range for other services at home.
 
Medical expenses in general are drastically lower in Mexico compared to the US.  For example, something as simple as a doctor’s visit walking into an emergency care facility or urgent care facility in the US can cost $200 or more before tests, before your prescription, before your x-ray, or whatever it is you need. Alternatively, if you go somewhere like Mexico it could cost anywhere from $20 to $60 for a doctor’s visit. So it’s a significant reduction in cost in Mexico; a fraction of the cost in the US. I believe that the staffs, like nurses, working in the hospital in Mexico are making a lot less per hour than the nurses in America.  And, they definitely provide comparable quality.
 
(Poker Refugees lazing on the beach at Playa del Carmen, Yucatan, Mexico, pictured.)
 
 

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