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  1. I'd like to say thanks to everyone who contributed suggestions here. I went to Ajijic on the 12th and interviewed 7 Assisted Living/Nursing Home facilities. Most seemed reasonably solid, though there were about 3 standouts. I'm debating how much I want to say publicly about them, either here or on my blog. But if anyone has questions, PM me and I'll tell you what I know. The search was surprisingly exhausting, and I came down with some kind of flu/bronchitis toward the end of my trip and I've been laid up here for about 4 days. While I'm still coughing, I'm much better. That's why I've been so late to follow up on this post. In any case, thanks again, and please PM me if I can in any way be of assistance. Saludos, Kim G www.gringosuelto.wordpress.com
  2. Hola BMH! I had thought about Abbeyfield, but it seems like it's geared toward people who are more independent than my mother. That said, as long as I'm in Ajijic, it's probably worth at least a call or visit. Thanks for the thoughts and have a great day!
  3. Signatures can be forged easily enough. Remember, your signature isn't a rubber stamp. There are little variations each time you sign, and over a period of years, a signature could well vary. Also if no one knows there's another copy, then they don't have any reason to believe that a false will with a forged signature is false. IMHO (and I'm not a lawyer), you really need to have someone who will survive you have a copy of the will, and for that person to have some idea of what the will says. That way there's someone who is capable of spotting a false will, and who will have the proof to back it up. Just my two cents, but that's how I'd view the situation.
  4. Hola Xena, Yes, I figured as much. The question is why it was programmed that way. I'm trying to like all the replies to my post as a way of thanking people. I don't know why a programmer would want to prevent that. My guess is that there's some kind of 24 hour limit since it started happening last night and I couldn't do any likes this morning either. Saludos!
  5. Hola REC, Thank you for your feedback. This is EXACTLY the kind of input I've been looking for. I've got an appointment for Casa Nostra next week, so it's definitely under consideration. Thank you!!! By the way (to all), I'm no longer allowed to "like" posts. I'm not sure why, but I got to a certain number of likes and now the system is telling me I can't do more. Weird!
  6. Hola Bisbee Gal, Thanks for the links. Somehow while searching, I did not find either of those sites. I'll have to look into them. Thank You!!! P.S.I had found some places in CDMX, but ruled them out as my mother needs a place with a lot of English speakers as she doesn't speak Spanish.
  7. I just tried to get to this page, but got a 404 error, "page not found." I'd love to read the info, though. Also the first link on this topic on page one doesn't work either. Edit: This link does work: http://www.chapalalaw.com/Driving.pdf
  8. Hola Gringal! I grew up on the SF peninsula and lived in Los Angeles when in grad school, so our paths have probably crossed some time in the past 30 years. I appreciate you sharing your background and suggestions on Chapala. Thank you very much! Saludos and have a great evening!
  9. Hola HoneyBee! I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's sudden death, but it seems like Casa Nostra was a great place for her. That's EXACTLY the kind of feedback I'm looking for here, and I sincerely appreciate your taking the time to reply and share your experiences. Thank You! Saludos and have a great evening!!!
  10. Hola Gringal! Thanks for the info, particularly on Chapala. I certainly plan to give either lakeside or GDL a try for a few months, and definitely plan to be around for the initial months of my mother's transition. As for me, I'm just a big-city boy by nature. That's my biggest objection to living lakeside. I loved the hustle and bustle of Mexico City, all the people, museums, restaurants, activities, and general craziness going on at all hours. Here I'm in Redding, CA, a beautiful small city nestled in the transition zone between the northern tip of the Sacramento Valley and the mountains. We are surrounded with beautiful mountains, lakes, streams, and loads of outdoor stuff. It's beautiful, but it's just not for me. However, that said, I will certainly give the lakeside a chance and see what happens. Assuming my mother is willing to go there at all. Saludos and thanks again!
  11. Hola John! Yes, I'm going to be personally visiting all the places listed next week. And if I could find a few more places, I'd visit them too. Hopefully I'll learn of some places while I'm there. As for my mother adapting to change, we shall see. She's pretty adaptable. And while she would prefer to stay in her current home, she has accepted that that isn't really possible. If nothing else she has a great attitude. Thanks for the specific comments on Alicia's (which I'm scheduled to see on Friday) and Casa Nostra (which I'm scheduled to see on Wednesday). Have a great day!!!
  12. Hola @lakeside7! Thanks so much for the reply!!! I'm going to land at GLD on Tuesday evening, and will personally visit all the places listed above. My plan is to weed out the obvious "no's" and then bring my mother back to see the places that I think would be nice for her. But the final decision will be up to her, as it's her life. At this stage of her life, she needs assistance more than nursing. Which is to say that mom's kind of achy to be doing much housework or cooking, but not bedridden or particularly handicapped, save for needing a walker and tiring easily. Of course as she gets older her needs for medical care will likely increase. But for now, what she truly needs is some place that can help her with activities of daily living like cooking, cleaning, and getting around. Thanks again, and have a great day!
  13. P.S. @Gringal. Yes, I'm in total agreement that dropping an elderly relative into a place in Ajijic and then returning to a full-time job in Canada or the USA is a bad idea. That has NEVER been my intention. By the way, I left a lot of details out of the initial post as it seemed to me to be a lot to ask people to read the whole, long story. Saludos!
  14. Hola Gringal, My plan is not just to drop my mother somewhere around Lake Chapala and then bid her "Adios!" However exactly where I might live, whether that be on the lakeside, in Guadalajara, or elsewhere remains an open question. My longstanding desire has been to live in Mexico City, and in fact I lived most of 2016 there. But now that strikes me as a bit far to see my mother very often if she's in Chapala/Ajijic. What I'm envisioning is at a minimum some kind of transition period where I live either lakeside or in GLD so that I can see my mother frequently, observe the facility up close via repeated visits, and then (assuming she's settled in and happy) investigate where else I might live. Unfortunately, I'm her only child and she's now widowed. I own a house in Boston where I've lived since 1995, but I've been stuck at my mother's house in California since Xmas 2016, when I came for a Christmas visit. First, my stepfather died shortly after my arrival. Then my mother was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. So I stayed here to look after her and to help coordinate the medical care. Fortunately she's as cured as possible at this stage (no detectable cancer), having finished the final chemo in mid-February of this year. But she can't live alone, and frankly she's a bit socially isolated anyway. So I think it'd be MUCH better for her to be around more people in exactly the kind of situation that I'm (from afar) finding exists in some of the assisted living places I've identified. I've already made a huge sacrifice, having basically put my life on hold for more than a year-and-a-half. And while I'm committed to making sure she's in a good situation, I can't abandon the rest of my life either. Were I willing to do so, I'd just stay here with her in California, and leave her in place. In any case, there's more background on this blog post which outlines my thinking and how I came to be investigating Ajijic/Chapala. https://gringosuelto.wordpress.com/2017/12/30/next-steps/ . Thanks for replying, and if you know anything helpful, that would be nice for both me and my mother. Thanks again!
  15. Hola RV Gringo! Thanks for the reply. Yes, I will be around to look after my mother, though where exactly I'll live remains an open question. As for visa, yes, I'm hoping to get my mother a resident visa. But the first step is to find a place where she could be safe and happy living, and then see if she really wants to live there. What are your other concerns? Perhaps I could address them. Thanks!
  16. Thanks for the reply, Johanson. I appreciate it nonetheless. Have a great day!
  17. Wow! I've got 120 views on this post and not a single opinion??? Really, anything would help, including names of places that I don't have listed. Please help! Thanks!
  18. Hi Folks, I recently joined this forum. There's quite a bit about me on my "about" page, as well as a link to my blog if you're more curious. I have a long history of time spent in Mexico, but I've never been to Ajijic, though I'm well aware of its status as a Gringo haven. I did spend a week in Guadalajara in 2014 (during a road trip where I spent 3 months driving around Mexico), but it was toward the end of my trip and I didn't have the energy to go to Ajijic. I know, silly, and I regret it. But I can't change the past. I'm going to be in Ajijic and environs next week to scout out assisted living facilities for my 88 year old mother. Mom is in OK shape, but getting a bit forgetful, suffers a lot of aches and pains, and walks unsteadily with a walker, and can no longer live alone. (By the way, I also speak Spanish fluently, though for the purpose of this trip, I'm pretending I don't, since mom doesn't and I want her to be in a place she's comfortable communicating with staff and residents.) I've scheduled site visits with the following: La Valentina, Mi Casita, Casa Nostra, Nursing Home Lake Chapala, Alicia's Convalescent Nursing and Assisted Living Home, Casa Anastasia Care Home (all in Ajijic) Lakeside Care (Jaltepec) Ohana (San Juan Cosalá) There are a few others I'm going to try to see. But I'm hoping that folks might provide me any insights they have on these places, or provide some new names that I might check out. I'll be arriving Tuesday night and staying through the 20th. Thanks in advance, and if you have not-nice things to say, feel free to PM me. In fact, I'm especially looking for the negatives that the facilities themselves will never tell me. Thanks, Kim G
  19. This latest bout of peso weakness began on April 19th when it became clear that NAFTA renegotiations weren't going well. Since then, emerging market currencies in general have been very weak, including Turkish lira, Brazilian Real, Argentine Peso, Mexican Peso, and the Indonesian Rupiah. Generally when the Fed is raising rates (as it now is, at an ever-so-leisurely pace), emerging market currencies are the first to fall. Buying pesos on a scale, e.g., not all at once, makes a lot of sense here. However one should be careful as the long term history of the peso vs USD is one of near-continual depreciation.
  20. The DXY US dollar index is trade-weighted. Which is to say that it reflects approximately the mix of currencies spent on U.S. imports.
  21. Sonia is correct, but you should also know that coastal property and property near the border can't be owned outright, but must be owned through a bank trust. The Mexican Constitution regulates the ownership of land and declares that ...within a zone of 100 kilometers from the border or 50 kilometers from the coast, a foreigner cannot acquire the direct ownership of the land. So in those zones you'll need a bank trust to own the land, and then you hold the trust. There's an annual maintenance fee set by the bank, so you can shop around. You will also have to register with the Ministry of External Affairs, and of course to complete the transaction you should find a trustworthy Notario, a type of Mexican lawyer who handles property transactions among other things.
  22. Kim G

    Beds

    This may not be terribly helpful, but in Mexico City, Sears and Costco both sell U.S. sized mattresses. As someone 6' tall, I barely fit onto Mexican mattresses, so I'd want a U.S. queen size, which is six inches longer than the average Mexican "matrimonial" mattress, and it's wider too. The graphic is from Mattress Firm's website. If you go with the custom options, here are the sizes you'll want.
  23. So it looks from the chart that the rain mainly falls at night through early morning. Is that consistent with your experience/expectation? Thanks!
  24. Kim G

    Gas Prices

    With the peso crashing and the price of gasoline in USD surging, I'd be very surprised if peso prices for gasoline weren't through the roof. I wrote a rather technical blog post about this during the "gasolinazo," in January of 2017, and folks interested in the interaction between the exchange rate and the gasoline price might want to take a look. https://gringosuelto.wordpress.com/2017/01/07/mexico-is-burning/ Saludos!
  25. I recently read that if you have scorpions inside, you can moisten and then crumple up some burlap. This will attract them, and then you can just take the burlap outside and shake them out. This sounds a little scary to me, but if it works, it sure beats having scorpions in your bed, shoes, etc.
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