by Karen McConnaughey
A new luxury for retirement living
The greatest fear my mother had was being put into a nursing
home. That is one worry that never happened. She got sick on a Thursday and
died on a Sunday. Hard for me, but I was so happy for her.
None of us ‘like’ the thought of a nursing home, but I feel
comforted knowing they are an option…just in case I get old and infirm…that
will never happen, right? From our lips to God’s ears! Unfortunately, according to research, at least
70 percent of people over 65 will need long-term care services and support
at some point in their lifetime.
As one web site states, “You may have concerns about being
able to live at home after cancer treatment. Perhaps you have a temporary or
permanent physical change or a broader need for assistance with health and
personal care. If home health care is not an option, it may be time to consider
assisted living or nursing home facilities that provides care in a residential
Also, “the socioeconomic and cultural revolution triggered
by the baby boomers generation, which the nation has been experiencing since
the ’60s, has entered into its final cycle: retirement. True to form, their
gradual arrival unto the retirement scene since the turn of the 21st century,
with an average 8,000 turning 60 every single day, has changed the traditional
concept of retirement/old folk’s homes.” A lot of them are no longer your “mother’s
Some members of our Focus on Mexico
team had the pleasure of visiting one of the newest Retirement and Assisted
Living homes in the Lake
Chapala area, Well
Wishes, located in Chula Vista Norte.We were given a tour by Claudia Navarro, Manager of the home. It was so lovely, and so big AND cozy at
the same time that I seriously wanted to put my name in for a room…some 25
years in the future if I am so fortunate!
As Forbes stated in their article about retirement homes,
“In some ways, retirement living still has an image problem; many people think
of older-adult communities as staid, middlebrow and even slightly depressing. But
these days, members of the 55-and-over club can choose to live in
age-restricted settings that most Americans would envy, complete with elegant
dining rooms…cocktails on the veranda…and, when you look out the door in the
middle of the day, there’s somebody to play with!”
Well Wishes’ Facebook page says it all... “Well Wishes Home is a luxury living and recovery home that
emphasizes quality of life for all who come under our care. Our staff includes
round-the-clock care from three shifts of registered nurses. An on-call doctor
24 hours a day. Assessment by a Gerontologist and a Nutritionist. We offer
packages for assisted living, respite care, and surgical recovery. Packages
include meals, snacks, laundry, cleaning, entertainment, televisions in each room,
health care, physical therapy and more. Unlimited local, national, and
international telephone, WiFi, shared or private rooms. Family and friends are
always welcome.” Wow! And you know what, it’s not hype. We have the photos to
Forbes goes on to say, “You
give them master bedrooms that will take king-size beds. Eat-in kitchens.
Everything they had in their house, just reduced in scope. You wrap it in a
core that makes them feel like they’re in a five-star hotel.” And, that, my
friends, is Well Wishes!
The Focus team not only toured their
new Retirement facility, but we also enjoyed
the wonderful breakfast prepared by their chef. It is such a beautiful setting
and has such wonderful amenities, At prices from $1800 - $2500 per month,
depending on how extensive your care needs are, it's the perfect home for
long-term or short-term needs...even post-operative care.
As one couple said, who stayed there in June 2014 after
Following an unexpected stay in
hospital where I underwent major cardiac surgery, both my wife Nora and I were
exhausted and not ready to go directly home to assume all the chores involved
in daily living. So, we decided that we
should consider going to an assisted living facility where both of us could
recuperate for a few days.
Immediately upon being discharged
from hospital, we checked into Well Wishes, which turned out to be an excellent
decision. This brand-new, luxurious
facility provided me with professional-level nursing care and lifted the added
burden from Nora of looking after me at home, allowing her to get some
much-needed rest. Nurse Ana, while
making sure I had all my correct dosages of medications on time and keeping
track of my vital signs, also helped me become mobile again by assisting me on
daily walks around the spacious patio.
After five days of this pampered existence we reluctantly concluded that
we were ready to face the “outside” world again.
From this experience it is our
belief that anyone who has undergone major surgery should seriously consider a
period of recuperation at a facility such as Well Wishes before taking on the
rigors of normal daily life.
Thank you Claudia and staff!
Personally, I never thought of staying someplace like this
after surgery…what an excellent idea. Ron Bowra echoed Bill’s thoughts:
“Following major surgery in Guadalajara,
my wife spent three days and nights at Well Wishes. Her room was very nice and had an excellent
view of the lake. Her food was good and
the nursing care she received was excellent.
I certainly would recommend Claudia Navarro and her Well Wishes facility
as a very excellent transition from hospital to home.”
Long-Term Care Costs
To understand how long-term care costs are trending over
time, John Hancock calculated a five-year average based on a subset of common
providers from their 2008 and 2011 Cost of Care Surveys and 2011 and 2013 Cost
of Care Surveys. These five-year average annual increases are summarized below:
- The 2013 average cost of a
private nursing home room ($258 a day/ $94,170 annually) has risen an
average 3.6 percent per year
- The 2013 average cost of a
semi-private nursing home room ($227 a day/ $82,855 annually) has risen an
average 3.6 percent per year
- The 2013 average cost for a
month in an assisted living facility ($3,427 a month/ $41,124 annually)
has risen an average 2.0 percent per year
- The 2013 average cost of
adult day care ($71 a day/$18,460 annually) has risen an average of 1.6
percent per year
- The 2013 average cost for a
home health aide ($19 hourly/$29,640 annually) has risen an average 1.3
percent per year1
"‘The cost of long-term care continues to be one of the most
significant uninsured financial risks that an individual can face,’ said
Michael Doughty, Executive Vice President & General Manager, John Hancock
Insurance. ‘John Hancock hopes that our cost of care studies will raise
consumer awareness and will help them understand how important planning ahead
for a potential long-term care event can be to their future.’"
CNNmoney states that “The cost of living at a nursing home has soared to a
new high of more than $80,000 per year.” They go on to say, “‘A combination of factors are pushing costs higher,’ said Bob
Bua, vice president of Genwojrth. Expenses like insurance, food, building
maintenance and labor costs are all going up and being passed along to
customers as a result. ‘[Nursing home employees] rarely get pay decreases, food
rarely costs less, rent rarely goes down -- it's an ever-increasing cycle,’ Bua
said. A less expensive alternative to nursing homes are assisted living
facilities because they don't offer the same level of care, but these are also
seeing significant price increases from year-to-year. The
median annual cost of care in an assisted living facility is $41,400, up nearly
5% from last year and 23% higher than five years ago, Genworth found.”
And retiring in the Lake
Chapala area is just a
plus where the cost of living is better and the living is easy! Unlike the
traditional resort locations on the coast where people like to vacation, Lake Chapala
is a place where people come to live. Although ALL are drawn to Ajijic by the
incomparable weather, gorgeous scenery and lower cost of living, they stay
because they fall in love with the people, the setting and the lifestyle they
can so easily have. While retiring in Lake Chapala
gives you the richness of a foreign country and culture, it also provides a
familiar yet exotic environment in which to enjoy the best years of your life, and
at a cost you can afford.
Wishes packages include…
for people who do not need special care, can move by themselves.
Single/Couple/Shared (max 2). Long term
for people who need around-the-clock care, therapy, physical rehabilitation or
dementia. Long term
for people ready to leave the hospital, but not ready to go back home on their
own. Per Day/Weekly/14 days/Even for a couple of hours. Short term.
They will also be including
workshops like Intervention Program for Depressed Adults, Memory Workshops and
Post-traumatic Stress Intervention Programs.
As the web site Help Guide says, “Whether
your search for senior housing is prompted by a serious medical condition or
the desire for a lifestyle change, finding the right place to live can be
challenging and stressful for both you and your family. However, the earlier
you assess your current needs and how those needs may evolve over time, the
more choices and control you’ll have. By learning about the different types of
senior housing available, you can make the choice that’s right for you and ensure
you enjoy a happy, healthy, and fulfilling home environment as you age” for the
‘best of your life!’
the way, since they just opened in May, there is no waiting list right now.
With a two-patients to one-caregiver ratio, you're going to be well cared for
at Well Wishes...in Lake
climate in the world...where outdoor living is the norm.
Top 10 reasons: Why so many people choose
Ajijic, Lake Chapala, Mexico!
- Near-perfect weather –
little or no humidity, average temperature 78o F (25.5 C) – year
- A safe and secure
- Accessibility - international
airport 30 minutes away, making travel easy.
infrastructure. Many of the conveniences you are used to are available in
Chapala and everything you want, in Guadalajara
(2nd largest city) a scant 50 minute drive.
- Excellent communications:
phone, high-speed internet, satellite TV, news and information from home
- High quality health care, and
pharmacies, with many bilingual professionals trained in the US or Canada.
- Lower cost of living –
estimated to be at least 30% lower.
- English spoken – you can get
by without Spanish, although it is fun to learn at least a little.
- Stunning beauty, rich culture
and history, breathtaking sunsets over the lake, and majestic mountain
- Beautiful and unique homes –
still offering great value (you get a lot for your money).
it out! Hover over the photos to see the descriptions.
Not only a place for group exercise, but exercise equipment will also be in this area.
McConnaughey: Operations Manager for FocusOnMexico.
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