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  1. Contact Nursing Home Lake Chapala S. C. +52 376-766-0404 Paseo del Lago, Col. Riberas del Pilar, 45906 nurhome14@gmail.com A friend's husband is receiving excellent care there. I'm guessing $1800-2,000USD/month + meds.
  2. Hubby and I and our cleaning lady all wear New Balance shoes. We both have narrow feet, she has wide feet. I order our usual sizes, usually replacing the shoes we already have in our closet. I order from Amazon USA. No problems.
  3. I just sent my Rx and a new set of frames with plastic "demo" lenses off to a lens company in the USA. I wear trifocals. I CANNOT wear progressives. This lab in the US does make lined trifocals. Sent it off Tuesday at FedEx. DHL refused to take them as they were "medical " equipment. Remember, these frames have plastic lenses with no Rx, just what you see when you try on a pair in the shop. Yesterday I received a call from Customs in the USA. They said I needed some sort of certificate of attestation, a certificate stating the origin of the frames, and wanted to know the reason I was sending them there. Unfortunately, the call dropped and I wasn't able to reconnect. I went to FedEx this morning to try and clear things up. She looked in the computer and it shows the frames are in Memphis. I have no idea what Customs wants or why. Ajijic FedEx will contact the Memphis FedEx office on Monday to see what is going on. I wonder what they think I am sending new frames, a Rx, instructions and a note to a lens making lab for ? Seems pretty obvious to me ! Now I just hope I do not lose the new frames to the black hole of customs. Be careful.
  4. Are you offering to pay fees and costs for your dog or for anyone willing to make the trip? I'm assuming you are looking for a Canadian returning home and are willing to pay fees, etc., associated with the extra cost of the dog. If Canada lets me in, (US Citizen) 1 vax no boosters, I'd make the trip for you.
  5. Dottiejane, you are correct about the fees and care availability in many of the care homes. However, while day to day expenses are affordable, serious medical intervention and hospital care is, as I stated earlier, cheapER NOT cheap. Many retirees thinking about an escape to this lovely area have simply started too late in life for it to be affordable. Many assume that their Medicare or even insurance from a retirement benefits package will cover them here and think no more about it until they find out that it will not. That is sad and puts one in a difficult position, in addition to having to financially qualify for permanent/temporary residency. I am the one that suggested the $250,000 health care slush fund, based upon personal experience. In cases of brain surgery or multiple illnesses, that might wipe it all out in a year or two. There is no need to be confused. It boils down fairly simply. #1 You must qualify for Temporary or Permanente Residency. If you cannot be covered under your current Medicare plan here in Mexico, then you have only a couple options : * After you qualify for residency, go ahead and live life with no insurance, hope for the best and pay for any and all medical care + transportation yourself. There is no safety net here. After you exhaust all your funds, you will be sent home. That is the end of life for many. That is also when we see the Go Fund Me campaigns. * After you qualify for residency, see if you can enroll in the Federal Health Insurance, maybe with exclusions for pre-existing conditions. Be prepared for long wait times, and sometimes you will NOT get to see the DR even if you had an appointment. Expect repeat visits every month for Rxs, but sometimes the meds are available and sometimes they are not. There may be open and mixed sex wards if you are hospitalized, and you will need to bring your own linens, toilet paper, soap, towels, nightgowns, water, even food and your daily care items + pay for someone to be with you 24/7 and they or you will need to speak Spanish. Nurses there do not do that kind of patient care. That is what families are for. Many people come for 6 months, stay as a tourist and use their Medicare. Or, you can buy travel insurance. Problem is that immigration is no longer automatically granting 6 months visas. SKY MED if you are stable enough to be transported back to your home in the USA. Of course, if you have to be in hospital for a while to be stabilized, you must pay. It sounds cruel,but moving to Mexico is certainly not for the poor, not for people on fixed incomes with no cash backup, or even many of the middle class who are tethered to the Medicare System or the insurance in their retirement package. I wish you luck.
  6. Well, if it YOUR car and you are properly insured for YOUR care , then yes. If you are riding in an uninsured car, then you are SOL. If you are hit by an uninsured driver, you are SOL. Knowing how slowly things move in Mexico and how many hospitals function, unless you can prove you have the ability to pay your bills (cash,credit card, a guarantor)you can be refused treatment. Even IF the person who hit you is insured, it can take FOREVER to get bills paid and in the meantime YOU are responsible.
  7. I would say that to feel at all comfortable paying for catastrophic care, $250,000USD is a minimum. Day to day and minor surgical/treatments/interventions are reasonable and easy to pay out of pocket, but cancer, brain surgeries, open heart surgeries, kidney failure, trauma from a car accident, etc., can pile up the bills quickly. Then, if you spend $100K the first incident, you need to have enough to cover another one , whether for you or your spouse. At my age, it is highly unlikely that I would be able to easily earn more $$$ to put in the fund.
  8. I retired from international teaching at 60. Japan doesn't care where you go when you retire, as long as you LEAVE the COUNTRY when your work visa expires. We had planned to retire at 65, but an excellent opportunity to leave earlier presented itself and we took it. We had been planning for years and had a list. Whatever country ticked off the most boxes would win: NO MORE EARTHQUAKES - After 15 years in Los Angeles and 11 in Tokyo-no more! NO MORE HURRICANES - I grew up in South Louisiana & Japan has monsoons ! NO MORE HUMIDITY and PINE TREES - VA has too much of both, as did Louisiana. NO HIGH DESERT, NO MORE SNOW/ICE - VA and Tokyo had plenty of that. Low Cost of Living with Affordable Homes to Purchase - I'm a retired teacher. We won't go hungry, but we are not rich. Near to an International Airport, preferably in Western Hemisphere- At the time, we had family still living in the USA, but now we just want it for travel. Please, please let this Covid be over so I can travel while I can still walk! Excellent and Affordable Health Care Decent Infrastructure Near to a Large City with all the amenities that comes with that. Great Weather. We lived in SoCal South Bay not far from the beach and were wanting that kind of weather. Walkable Living Without a Car A Language I Can Speak We now live in San Antonio, in Mirasol, and it ticks ALL the boxes. Happy with the move and plan to die here.
  9. Your friend did not use "Uber," but a private driver who can charge whatever they want. I use legit yellow/white taxis, and if possible I give at least a day's notice. I keep a list of 5-7 on my phone. If we want to attend evening activities, which are quite rare, I give sufficient notice and negotiate the price beforehand. I tip well, and am friendly and respectful. I have overheard gringos talking to drivers as if the drivers were way beneath them. Yes, I do speak Spanish, and sometimes we chat as a "language exchange" as the drive goes along. Gather up a list and try them out. She will eventually find one or two or three she likes and can use on a regular basis. Sr. German Garcia (331 340 0361), Sr. Paulino Contreras (331 406 8685), and Sr. Juan Manuel Ramos (331 439 1407/333 456 1756)all come to immediate mind.
  10. It is definitely a difficult situation. As a last resort, you could try this place: Casa de Ancianos Zaragoza 692, Barrio Guadalupe, Chapala 376-765-2497 It takes in the destitute, and I am sure the local population will be in the majority, and Spanish will be the language of day to day living/care. I have no experience or first hand knowledge of this place, but it may be of help as you look for places.
  11. I am a retired teacher, spec ed/elementary/ms/some hs/esl/adult ed. The last 10 years of my career were spent in one of the top 3 schools in Asia. I recommend that you do NOT plan to come and get a teaching job here in Ajijic. I suggest you try to connect with the American School Foundation in Guadalajara. You will need someone to sponsor your work visa, unless you are already a dual citizen or Permanenter of Mexico. You would have to prove that you are NOT taking a job that a Mexican can perform. Salaries here for teachers are abysmal and from what I hear, conditions aren't so great, either. If you are looking for a position that is basically a volunteer post, something to keep you busy with enough pesos as salary to pay for your entertainment and a few meals out, and possibly enrollment in IMSS for medical, OK, check out the local schools. If you want a true international teaching experience with the benefits that go along with it, higher salaries and good medical benefits, vacations and paid time off, go for the international circuit. Apply to a hiring fair and pay the fee. Polish up your resume and look for schools in Mexico. There are good starter schools in Monterrey, for sure and Guadalajara has the American School Foundation.
  12. I stay at a Hilton property when I have a very early morning flight. Hampton Inn by Hilton - Guadalajara Aeropuerto. About 15 minutes from th airport towards Guadalajara, and there is a Chili's next door. It's my preference. While I wouldn't consider it "upscale," it isn't a budget Inn by any means. I think it has a brakfast with the room, but I always leave too early to eat it. I will say that the coffee packets they give you for that little coffeemaker is NASTY ! I travel with my own coffee. The hotel is clean and comfortable, typical amenities, great beds, airport shuttle, breakfast.
  13. Yes, I have tried the 800 number many times. I rarely get connected, and when I do it says please wait, etc. Most of the time, after 5 -10 minutes the line goes dead. I don't need an English speaker, I just need a speaker. The only time I ever got through, months ago, after a 20 minute wait on hold, she said this was an issue best resolved in person. Great, now where can I find a TelMex person ? I went by on Wednesday and the office was closed and there was a long line of people waiting to pay at the machine. I had to do that, too. At least now I can tell you that there was NO ONE in the office on Wednesday, but the machine was working. Im nor sure how beauticians and restaurants andf the tianguis can be open and not a utility office like TelMex. The cashiers are already behind a plexiglass window, and there is plenty of room to space out the staff who work at the desks. They dont even need a full staff, only 1 or 2 people and someone at the door to regulate the amount of people in the office.
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