Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities in Ajijic Mexico

One of the facts of life is growing old. Today people are living longer and in general in good health. There does come a time however that some people can no longer take care of themselves. At that point, who can help with the day to day challenges that face us?

I moved from Canada to Mexico several years ago and the attitudes towards the elderly are somewhat different here than what you may find in Canada, and I guess to an extent in the USA. It seems to make a good living north of the Mexican border both man and woman, husband and wife, need to work these days. With the average incomes where they are, it is sometimes the only choice a family has.

Unfortunately for their parents, this poses a problem. Who can be available to take care of these people in need when everyone is so busy with their own daily lives? It is just a fact of life. In Mexico, it is rare that both supporting family members work, and if they do then there is usually another family member such as an aunt or even older child to help with care of a senior. That is just the way of life here.

For those of us that cannot provide the needed help, nursing homes have been a growing market for years, and they will only get more popular with more and more people retiring and living longer. The issue with nursing homes, especially if you are not insured, is the cost.

My father was in need of care in Canada, my not being there and his wife recently passing left him needing help. We looked into care facilities there and were amazed with the cost. Prices started at $2500 dollars and simply went up from there, with an average cost of $4000 dollars! We decided that I would come home while his brother looked after him and I would look at the options here in this area of Mexico.

I was shocked as to what is available in the area, and the costs were far less and for far better care. Unfortunately my father passed away before getting here. I found out that a high percentage of the individuals staying in these facilities here are indeed foreigners that looked to Mexico for affordable care. Even for insured patients, they found it more affordable to be here than back home in the US or Canada.

I heard of a new facility starting up in San Juan Cosala, Jalisco which is about a 15 minute drive west from Ajijic along the shores of Lake Chapala. The owner of this facility, Lake Chapala Elderly Home Care, is Adriana Perez Flores. I toured her new facility as she proudly told me the story of how about she came to have a nursing home.

Adriana is a licensed attorney here in Mexico, and has a successful law practice with her husband Kevin for over a decade. In her 16 years helping the lakeside community, she found herself loving the retirees living here in this beautiful community with its near perfect year round temperatures. About 7 years ago she decided she wanted to do more for these elderly residents. She decided at that time to have a nursing home.

Over the past 6 years she has been collecting furniture and other odds and ends knowing that someday these items would be needed for her dream. In 2012, she enrolled in a school that teaches administration and care for geriatrics. 6 months were spent on administration and another 6 months on actual hands on care. This particular school also has 6 nursing homes in Guadalajara, which is where she received her hands on care. The next step was finding a suitable location to have her nursing home. After months of scouting, she found what she thinks is the perfect home.

Front Entrance

Front Entrance

Taking the tour with her, I certainly must agree that she has found something special. Walking through the big wooden front gates that open up into courtyard with what looks like one big building but is in fact 3 separate homes. The left and right side homes are mirror images of each other. They have beautiful rooms styled after Adriana’s favorite hotel chain. The rooms vary in size, and 3 of the large rooms have their own bathrooms, while the remaining rooms have shared bathrooms designed for wheel chair access and enough room for a few staff members to attend the people who need help. On April 1st, one of the rooms will actually be Adriana’s law office which she will be moving from Ajijic.

Front Patio

Front Patio

Upstairs for the more ambulatory people also have a kitchen and large living area. Eventually there will be 6 rooms upstairs and a lift will be built to access this level in the coming months. Large windows and plenty of sunshine are plenty up there.

Living Room

Living Room

The living areas are spacious and well accommodated with very comfortable and inviting furniture. The kitchens are also well equipped and ready to serve up 3 meals a day with snacks and fruit available around the clock. Each home has its living room, with a shared common patio in the back which is glassed in to keep warmer in the winter months, with sliding glass doors to provide fresh air in the summer. The living rooms are equipped with large screen televisions with cable and DVD players for movies.

Hallway

Hallway

The hallways are all bright and large, making moving around very easy. Ramps are in place everywhere there is a change in elevation, and no carpets anywhere to trip up anyone.

Front Patio

Front Patio

Move through the common area into the huge back garden provides yet another place to relax. An outdoor patio with a stove provides afternoon lunches on the patio on certain days. Ramps out the back lead to the malecone (boardwalk) next to the lake. The number of options available to relax in the sun or shade here are all beautiful. If you cannot find a comfortable place here, I would be surprised. There is a pool for those who are ambulatory but will be off limits to those who require help. That does not mean you couldn’t sit by the pool and enjoy the ambience.

Rear Garden

Rear Garden

There are also onsite quarters for staff, and laundry facilities. All laundry, meals, room and board, cleaning, and onsite care are all included. The cost is dependent on the size of room you choose, and the level of care required. The price structure ranges from $1000 to $1600 USD. There are extra charges for diapers, medicine, and specific doctors’ appointments. They do have Dr. Rodriguez on call for emergencies but can bring in any doctor that the resident wishes to have.

Bedroom

Bedroom

All the rooms are well appointed with excellent mattresses and nice furniture. Walls are left bare for whatever decorations and pictures the residents might want to make their rooms personalized and comfortable.

Mattress

Mattress

When asked what level of care is offered, Adriana confidently said anyone that is ambulatory to end of life. On staff is also an Alzheimer’s specialist that worked for many years at a specific Alzheimer’s clinic in Oregon.

During my tour another gentleman was there looking around as well with Adriana’s husband, Kevin. As they were leaving I overheard Kevin ask what he thought and his exact words were “I can feel love here”. And I thought to myself he was on to something, as I moved around talking with Adriana I felt very comfortable and at home here as well.

Adriana is focused on the foreign community because the culture here really takes care of their own simply because they are able to. So how would a senior from north of the border get here? Typically a family member would accompany the senior here to get them settled. If that is not possible, our personnel would actually go to you and accompany the person down.

In fact, if the senior could not fly, they could even come and get you or the senior in need of car in a vehicle. Naturally there would be a cost associated with that kind of trip, and the person would need to be in good enough health to make that kind of road trip.

In addition to the services listed about, Adriana is also a lawyer with specialties in Estate Planning and Immigration. These are services that could be handy for residents of her home.

For the near future in addition to being able to contact the residence by the internet, this is available in all the rooms, they want to put a camera system in the common areas whereas family members could log on and possibly see a parent or a loved one in these areas. What a unique idea.

If you would like more info on this home, other homes in the area, or the area in general, please contact Adriana directly, or any one of the Access team.

To contact Adriana’s team at Lake Chapala Elderly Care Home, you can leave a comment below, visit her Website at www.chapalaassistedliving.com, send them an e-mail at info@ajijiclaw.com, or pick up the phone and give them a call at 01-376-766-4777. If calling from outside of Mexico, dial 011-52-376-766-4777.

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16 Comments → “Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities in Ajijic Mexico”


  1. kathleen Waterbury

    Sep 07, 2011

    I AM A LICENSED NURSING ASSISTANT IN THE STATES. I ONCE LIVED IN CHAPALA AND WANT SO MUCH TO RETURN FOREVER. I WAS WONDERING ID YOU EVER HIRE AN AMERICAN TRAINED PROFESSIONAL IN ONE OF YOUR FACILTIES? I AM NOT YOUNG ENOUGH TO RETIRE NO DO I DESIRE TOO, I ISTILL HAVE TO MUCH TO GIVE, TO BE PUT OUT TO PASTURE.

    I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH A PRIVATE CLIENT WHO REGRETFULLY IS MOVING OUT OF THE AREA. I PLAN TO COME TO CHAPALA FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND WINTER, UNLESS I HAVE A NEW CLIENT BEORE THAT TIME. HOWEVER I WILL BE BACK THERE WITHIN THE NEXT 8 MONTHS ONE WAY OR ANOTHER,

    WOULD APPRECIATE A RESPONSE, YEA OR NEA, SI OR NADA.

    GRACIAS

    KATHLEEN CNA

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    • The Access Admin

      Sep 07, 2011

      KATHLEEN,

      You would have to contact the nursing home directly. But I do believe the wages are much less her than in the US.

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  2. Maria Felice Cunningham

    Nov 13, 2011

    Hello Assisted Living experts,

    I would need to move my mother to a facility by June of next year, earlier if needed, and would like to talk with you about cost and quality of care. You were recommended to me and my mother is witty, slow in walking but quite sharp in talking, speaks Spanish and loves culture! Can you call me how we could speak? please email be soon! Warmly, Maria

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    • The Access Admin

      Nov 13, 2011

      Hi Maria,

      You would have to contact Alicia’s nursing home directly or her son. You can reach them at:
      Alejandro (Alex) Mejia Sandoval. His number is +52 376 766 1194

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  3. Adrina Kissel

    Mar 10, 2012

    couldusend info on casa del lago? do they have private cottages? wha time of year is best to visit? are these facilities cleanand supervised? what about the costs? and what is not included?

    thank you

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  4. Adrina Kissel

    Mar 10, 2012

    interested in more info on Casa del Lago…costs…private cottages…hygiene and supervised…anything else I should know.
    thank you

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  5. Russ Kuhlmann

    Mar 22, 2012

    Hello,
    My wife and I are in the process of starting our own assisted care facility in Mexico. We have lived in Cabo San Lucas for 7 years. We are considering Ajijic. Our plan would be to relocate to Ajijic, purchase a suitable residence and start our care home. Based on information we have gathered thus far it seems there is a growing need in that area. Alicia’s homes that you have profiled are exactly as we have envisioned ours would be. Knowing what you know of the area and it’s demographics is our idea feasible? We would welcome any feedback you could give us. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
    Best regards,
    Russ & Julie Kuhlmann

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  6. Pedro

    Apr 14, 2012

    your return email had an address my computer wouldn’t except.

    Eye can’t make this am…and would ask that we put this on hold until eye meet with Dr Aceves on Monday.

    Grasias from pedro

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  7. Joy

    Sep 11, 2012

    Hi there,
    I am a senior placement service in northern California and wanted to find out more about Alicias. Do you have a website? What are your services and prices? Do you work with referral agencies?
    Thanks, Joy

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  8. Pearl kissel

    Sep 23, 2012

    Are there any arranged tours of the assisted living facilities in ajijic mx?

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  9. Casleb Fontanez

    Nov 17, 2012

    I am having difficulty communicating with Alicia’s nursing home because i am mute. can you give me the procedure to call from the USA to them, please include their phone number. Sincerely, Cal Fontanez

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  10. Stella Bennett

    Jan 09, 2013

    My brother lives in Crete and is in need of a nursing home now, which Crete does not have. He is 78, frail, can walk slowly, but prefers to remain in his own room sitting all day until bed time. He needs kidney dialysis three times a week, has heart problems controlled with medication, and needs an oygen supply with him.
    Does the Nursing home have access to this kind of treatment please? Could you give me some idea of the cost if they do?

    thank you for your time and attention.

    Stella

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  11. Keith

    Feb 17, 2013

    Hi,

    My mom suffered a stroke and has diabetes. She’s on constant medication which is costing an arm and a leg. We have in home caregivers attend daily but they are expensive and I feel quite ineffective. Looking at Mexico seems like the only viable option at this point in time for my mom. Outside of the base cost, what is the estimated “other” costs? I’ve looked around and cannot find any concrete numbers to get an idea of how much this “other” cost can be. Also, are all facilities like this where there is no insurance nor Medicare option?

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  12. David Novak

    Mar 02, 2013

    I would appreciate if you could provide me with some addtional information (i.e., cost/month, room availability, minimum length of stay, etc.) on assisted living at Alicia’s and Casa del Lago facilities.

    Your response would be greatly appreciated.

    Regards,

    Dave Novak

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  13. John Anderson

    Mar 29, 2013

    Could you provide me with some information. I am very interested and would like to speak to you in the future. We are both mobile, and retired. My wife has dementia, (early stages) and needs minimal care. Any formation would be appreciated. My telephone number is 905-668-3643, in Whitby Ontario Canada. Thank you. John Anderson.

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  14. Sandy Martin

    Nov 18, 2013

    I just left a message about Vivienne Burton, she also spells her name Vivian. She’s 90 with dimentia/alzheimers. Her husband is Jim Burton.

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