In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Lake Chapala, Mexico
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
In the past we have written about
the costs of
Continuous Care in the States and compared these costs to options
available in the
Chapala Lakeside area in Mexico. I promised that I'd
look into individual locations here to give you a better idea of
what your money would buy.
is what I found at Alicia’s Convalescent Complex
This is the front to one of the five homes run by the Alicia's family. Note the
garden terraces on the 2nd floor.
Convalescent Complex is a family run business.
a nurse and worked in Guadalajara for ten years until circumstances prompted her
to begin her own business running convalescent homes. That was twenty years ago
and today, together with her husband, son, daughter and son-in-law they own five
different care facilities.
home and the one pictured above are connected through a joint laundry facility
them are located on the same street in La Floresta, and one is on the west side
bottom floor private garden entrance to one of the rented rooms.
monthly price of $1,200 - $1,500USD is determined by the size of the room you
choose and includes three meals a day, laundry service, daily room cleaning,
WiFi throughout the homes, Vonage VOIP service to call relatives and friends,
and Cable TV with programs in English.
This downstairs room has its own entrance to the shared garden area.
rooms have their own private bath, but if a particular room does not, then a
port-a-potty is wheeled in for nightly convenience.
Both of these rooms have their own private terrace or patio.
typical ensuite bathroom
Special personal attention is also given, such as help in bathing - should that be
An upstairs room with opening to
shared garden terrace
If you would like to meet friends for lunch,
go to the theater in the evening, have an appointment at the beauty shop for
your hair or a meeting with your doctor, all of this local transport is included
in the monthly price.
Common social area for TV, music or a chat. Notice windows to garden areas and
fresh flowers on the table.
costs are charged for the diapers one might need, any personalized medicines and
of course, you must pay for your own doctor visits.
Common dining room with kitchen off to the right.
Payment for residency in one of Alicia’s homes is made in advance monthly
through one of their US-based bank accounts or the money may be wired here to
Another dining room. Spaces were clean, well lit, homey.
your family is also living in Mexico, your personal
check may be dropped off at the complex or paid on your account at their local bank.
Walking out the front door of one of Alicia's homes. Notice manicured gardens
and no dead plants.
for the above added services of diapers, medicines and doctor’s fees are
itemized and sent to you via email at the end of each month. If you do not have
a relationship with any local doctors, Alicia and her family work with many of
them and will set this up for you.
Alejandro and Jenny, one of the "comfort dogs" at Alicia's
would like a more detailed version of how your loved one is doing, you may
arrange for that service.
Common area to visit with Whisky, another comfort dog.
Alicia’s Complex consists of renovated personal houses and will give you the feeling of
living in a real home, not a faceless institution. Emphasis is on personalized
care, and when I toured the facilities with Alejandro, he knew everyone by name.
Another ground floor large bedroom with private entrance to garden areas. There is a TV,
personal entertainment area, music stereo and desk working area on the left just
outside the photo.
offers three levels of care, depending on your needs. Assisted living is for
those who are ambulatory, reasonably healthy but would like assistance in daily
tasks like cooking meals, driving to places you want to go, and having the
assurance, that should you fall or need help in any way, a staff of nurses and
maids is in the home
24 hours a day.
Bright kitchen area with dining room to the right.
care is for those who have just had surgery or have other physical health
requirements and want help in the shower, getting dressed or assistance with
physical therapy. These homes have wheelchair access to dining rooms, showers,
and other locations throughout the gardens and inside the home.
Another bright community entertainment area.
Twenty-four hour care is for those with slight dementia to full Alzheimers. As
long as a patient is not violent, Alicia will accept them.
Memory Care Facility common area
Baby monitors are set in the bedrooms for the evenings
so that if a resident is struggling or calls for help, someone is able to assist right
away. Cameras are everywhere throughout the complete complex and are monitored
by Alicia, her husband or their staff.
large room at the Memory Care Facility
have seen, several of the homes have “comfort” dogs so the patients may enjoy
the unconditional love that pets provide.
brightly lit smaller room for an Alzheimers patient.
have seen from these photos, there are welcoming community areas, large, well-maintained
manicured gardens, swimming pools, dining rooms, kitchens, garden terraces and
other places to share doing puzzles or have a chat with another resident or with
friends who come to visit.
Swimming pool and gardens at the Memory Care Facility
Alejandro, who speaks excellent English, is an
immigration lawyer and can help anyone with visa paperwork or residency
requirements. The Mexico health department comes twice a year to make sure there
are no health violations in the complex.
resident has access to using the pools or shared garden and sitting areas.
Alejandro said a solar cover for this pool will be in place in the next month.
Another view of open patio and plants at the Memory Care Unit
If you have further questions and would like to know
more, contact Alicia’s Convalescent Complex at
or visit their
About the Authors
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.