“Mexico’s growing assisted living market targets U.S. retirees. With 75 million baby boomers heading toward retirement and the cost of private nursing care in the U.S. outstripping already-hammered retirement funds, Mexican developers say they have an irresistible product in the works: active senior and assisted-living facilities in a warm climate full of friendly people for as little as $1,100 a month. Since most Mexicans take care of their parents often until death, there is not much of a nursing home industry at all, except for those run by charities or the government,”
One of the locations American retirees find attractive is on Lake Chapala near Guadalajara where several small retirement homes/nursing home have sprung up, often operated by locals, to serve Americans as they get older and can no longer take care of themselves.
Memory Care and Alzheimer’s Care
Memory Care and Alzheimer’s Care offer 24-hour high intensity assistance for seniors that are suffering from dementia and other memory disorders. Many of these facilities are built to battle the symptoms and consequences of these diseases, keeping your loved one safe and sound. Typically, Memory Care and Alzheimer’s Care facilities are built securely to ensure that family members do not wander or leave supervised areas. The medical assistants on-site will ensure that residents take proper care of themselves, aiding with tasks like taking the proper medications and other custodial tasks. Some of these facilities will also combat these diseases with socialization exercises and brain games designed to stimulate memory.
Long Term Care
Long Term Care facilities offer a safe space for your loved ones where they can be properly maintained from both a custodial and medical perspective. Most of these facilities provide advanced custodial care which involves aiding in basic activities like eating, dressing, and bathing that extends beyond what is available at less intensive assisted care facilities. In addition, Long Term Care facilities offer on-site medical care if needed. Though this is not always the favored choice of seniors or their loved ones, it can often be most comfortable and safe choice for those who have difficulties caring for themselves.
Respite Care is a temporary care service that is commonly used to relieve a senior’s caregiver for a few hours or sometimes overnight. These services can be requested on a regular basis or at random when the senior’s family requires a break for classes, trips, time alone, or to take care of other family duties. Respite care can be provided by a professional or even a friend, typically involving social interaction and stimulating activities that will keep the senior occupied. This kind of care can also vary up the schedule of the senior, providing them with some novelty in their daily routines.
Adult Day Care
Adult Day Care is a facility that supervises and entertains the senior when their primary caregivers have other obligations for the day, such as work. Typically these facilities operate during regular business hours, rarely offering overnight or weekend options. Typically the adults will be provided hearty meals catered to their nutritional needs, as well as fun activities that encourage engagement and socializing. Some of these centers focus more on medical care, meaning that they will work with the adult to treat their illness and perform exercises that work towards rehabilitation. Most Adult Day Cares possess on-site medical professionals, as well as adequate transportation.
Senior Group Homes
Senior Group Homes are intimate facilities designed to invoke a homey living atmosphere for senior residents while still providing personal care. Often nestled within traditional neighborhoods, these homes typically cater to a small group of residents that rarely goes above 15 people. This creates a community feel that many seniors enjoy, allowing them to bond easily with other residents. Typically, these facilities provide aid with basic living tasks – such as serving meals – but do not provide medical care on-site. Residents may receive short visits from nursing professionals, but Senior Group Homes are not designed to serve as medical facilities. These homes provide the feel of independent living, while still offering helpful services and a supportive community for seniors.
Another popular forms of nursing home is In-Home Care. This service is highly coveted because many seniors desire to remain in the comfort of their own homes during their twilight years. Unfortunately, primary caregivers sometimes can’t provide more advanced forms of medical care, but do not wish to move their senior loved one into a facility. In-Home Care allows a medical professional to habitually visit or sometimes even live in the home, providing an adequate level of care to the senior family member. The professionals that live or visit the home can serve a wide variety of functions, ranging from companion to medical supervisor. They may even accompany the senior person on day-to-day errands (activities of daily living), allowing them to continue living life with as little interruption as possible.