Guide to Assisted Living in Mexico

Making the decision to leave behind your hometown and starting a new life in Mexico can be fraught with uncertainty—especially if you require assisted care. Nevertheless, the warm climate, stellar service, and reasonable cost have attracted customers from around the world to spend their golden years in Mexico. You might be wondering to yourself: how do I find assisted living in Mexico? Where can I find assisted living in Mexico? That’s why WeExpats put together a comprehensive guide to help you find assisted living in Mexico.

 

WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER ASSISTED LIVING IN MEXICO:

Assisted Living in Mexico is certainly a growing option for Baby Boomers who would like a higher quality of life than they would be able to find in their home countries. Many American and Canadian expats have decided to embrace the rich culture that Mexico has to offer—so much so, that the market for foreign retirees to embrace assisted living in Mexico has been growing.

Typically the quality of care in Mexico is the same as that in the United States. However, the side of your assisted living home in Mexico can be a factor as well. Communities in the United States are generally over twice as large as those in Mexico. On average, those communities in the US have 45 residents, whereas residents at assisted living homes in Mexico have between 15 – 20 residents.

 

FACTORS TO HELP YOU PICK ASSISTED LIVING IN MEXICO:

– Location –

The location of your stay is a huge factor in making your decision for where to find assisted living in Mexico. You should consider your particular taste in climate and geography (whether you like mountains, beaches, or idyllic villages), and then factor those into your particular budget. Facilities near the ocean or in very hot climates often cost more than other locations because of air conditioning. We have decided to list off several locations that are popular, and divide the locations into two general categories: Expat Communities and the Mexican Border States.

Expat Communities: Ajijic, San Miguel de Allende, Lake Chapala, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City, Merida, and Mazatlan are very popular locations. Expat communities can benefit your assisted living in Mexico because often volunteers come from these communities so they will speak English and help for a smoother transition.

Border States: Tijuana, Rosarito, Chihuahua, Monterrey, and Cuidad Juarez are examples of border state assisted living communities in Mexico. These communities are convenient alternatives for seniors who have family members on the other side of the border. If you have family in San Diego or El Paso for example, then these can be very convenient for seeing your loved ones while still paying a percentage of what you would pay in the United States.

*Note: CCRCs (Continuing Care Retirement Communities) are in the works in Lake Chapala, Baja California, and Cancun, as per the Life Plan Community Guidelines. These are expected to be constructed in the coming years by American and European developers. For more information, click here.

– Cost –

The cost of assisted living in Mexico is substantially cheaper in Mexico. On average, assisted living in Mexico is 50% – 70% less than in the United States. Ranging from $600 – $3500 USD a month, your dollar will stretch farther in Mexican pesos than in the United States. The national average in the United States is $3,500 USD, however, if it is in a densely populated area, that figure can even skyrocket to $5,000 or $6,000 USD a month.

– There Are Other Options for Assisted Living in Mexico –

Many people forget that there are other options for assisted living in Mexico. Many nuns are also registered nurses, and they will take in seniors and care for them quite well regardless whether or not you are Catholic. Also, governmental homes are often open to foreigners who have residency cards. These can vary greatly in quality, so be sure to conduct site visits.

 

MEDICARE, AND MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR ASSISTED LIVING IN MEXICO:

Pharmacies, hospitals, and doctors are not authorized to accept Medicare for expats from the United States. If you are along the border, this can be less of an obstacle because seeing a doctor or receiving prescription medication is right on the other side of the border.

However, if you are deeper in Mexico, this can present an issue. Though many assisted living facilities in Mexico have an onsite doctor whose visits are included in the price tag, this doctor is generally sufficient for simple illnesses and basic prescriptions. If you suffer from more complex ailments, or if you have an emergency, then you should consider purchasing health insurance to cover medical costs should anything arise for yourself or your loved one in assisted living in Mexico.

The prices are very reasonable, and the quality of care is on par with any location in the United States. To learn more about the quality of care in Mexico, click here.

For a free quote for health insurance, click here.

For a full buyers guide on purchasing health insurance, click here.

 

DOING YOUR RESEARCH CAN HELP YOU FIND ASSISTED LIVING IN MEXICO:

– Conduct Site Visits –

There is no better way to find out what the care is like in assisted living in Mexico than to actually visit a location. Talk to the residents. Arrive at meal time. Most importantly, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Was I greeted when I arrived?
  • Is the place comfortable and clean?
  • Do the residents seem happy?
  • Could I see myself living here?
  • Do the residents seem bored?
  • Are there activities?
  • Does the food seem fresh and healthy?

– Do Online Research –

Due to the popularity of Canadian and American expats moving to Mexico for assisted living, care homes in Mexico often have online websites in English that can help you in choosing where to visit.

– Organizations That Can Help –

With the increase of residents seeking assisted living in Mexico, organizations have arisen to meet the challenges of helping seniors find assisted living that is right for them. One of the most prominent is AMAR: The Mexican Association for Assisted Living. This not-for-profit organization is committed to regulated the assisted living communities in Mexico in hopes of building a stronger housing market for senior citizens while ensuring they receive wonderful care and have a brilliant quality of life.

They can help their senior members with:

  • Financial issues
  • Legal matters
  • Real estate consulting
  • Nursing and healthcare
  • Tourism
  • Accounting
  • Finding assisted living facilities in Mexico
  • Medical service
  • Foreign investment counseling

For more information, click here.

 

CONCERNS FOR ASSISTED LIVING IN MEXICO:

There are some things that you should be aware of when you are considering assisted living in Mexico. In Mexico, there is little distinction between care facilities as they are in the United States and Canada. Often memory care residents and physically disabled residents are put together in the same space. In Mexico, care facilities can include:

  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Traditional assisted living
  • Hospices

No two places are alike. Assisted living in Mexico is not regulated as strictly as they are in the United States. Socially, environmentally, financially, and in other ways, these assisted living homes in Mexico will differ greatly. Be sure to visit them in person before you make your decision.

Many places that are targeting American and Canadian expats to assisted living in Mexico have made efforts to accommodate their foreign residents in easing culture shock. However, there are bound to be cultural differences. For example, many places serve Mexican food without the heavy spices that are commonly found throughout the rest of Mexico. Other places serve more American options such as pasta and sandwiches. Be sure to ask about meal options, and if possible visit them during meal time.

Many American and Canadian expats are concerned about not speaking Spanish. In reality, it is not a massive issue. Any assisted living facilities in Mexico that are seeking to target expats will have a competent staff that can communicate in English. That said, if you find assisted living care in an area where there are not many English-speakers, that are targeting Mexican locals, or assisted living facilities in Mexico that are not targeting foreign expats, then you might want to brush up on your Spanish.

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Comments (27)

  • John OBryan

    I currently live in Queretaro, Mexico. I am a permanent resident married to a Mexican National. Originally from Memphis, Tn USA I am 64 and plan on staying here with my Mexican family. Assisted living is an option for me here.

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    • Raf Bracho

      Thanks for contributing your input John!

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    • Peter Kane

      John,
      I have an Uncle that has been in Queretaro for 60+ years and is now in need of assisted living. As you would expect, he is fluent in Spanish and his English skills are weak. Do you have any recommendations of facilities in or around Queretaro?

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    • Richard

      Try Quintalegre in Juriquilla. Its luxury

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  • Ines Scobee

    I currently live in Tampico0, Mexico. I am a permanent resident married to a Mexican National. Originally from Floridan, USA I am 75 and plan on staying here with my Mexican family. Assisted living is an option for me here.

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    • Raf Bracho

      Glad to hear it Ines! We hope this guide helps you find a wonderful place. 🙂

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  • Laurel

    How can I find a memory care facility, preferably in Merida? Do you have some names and contact details? Thank you.

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  • Candice Bishop

    Does one have to have residency in order to be eligible for an assisted living care home?

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    • Raf Bracho

      Candice, you could continue to play on a tourist visa, entering and leaving the country every 6 months, but what would you do if your loved one were denied entry? The Mexican government is cracking down on people perennially entering on tourist visas. Therefore, we would recommend that you get your temporary residence visa and then eventually permanent residence visa. Your Assisted Living Facility can likely help in that regard.

      This blog might help:

      https://weexpats.com/get-mexican-citizenship/

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  • Carolyn Stull

    I am looking for an assisted living place in Mexico for myself. I would like to be close to a major international airport. My family lives in Arizona and they will not drive around Mexico in order to visit me. Do you have any recommendations? Thank you in advance,

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    • Raf Bracho

      Hello Carolyn, as it mentions in the article, you should consider where you would like to live. Travel throughout Mexico a bit. Visit several different Assisted Care facilities.

      Does a Mexican beach attract you? Or a tiny colonial town? (Which there are several nice ones near major airports) You might like the northern Cowboy culture of Monterrey or the southern indigenous culture of San Cristobal de las Casas.

      We hope this message finds you well. 🙂

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  • Melinda Wellsandt

    Both my brother (and his wife) and I are moving to Mexico. Separately, different places. Our mother is aging rapidly and has no money to speak of. I am beginning to explore the notion of finding an assisted living environment for our mother. I am quite sure she would not qualify for permanent residency with her social security alone. The sale of her property may boost that adequately, and maybe not. Can you offer any suggestions of where to begin my investigations? If I have permanent residency (which I’m anticipating) does that make a difference to her eligibility?
    I deeply appreciate any suggestions you might offer.

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  • Gladys Kreib

    Çheckout the new retirement home in Mazatlan. The Gardens of Mazatlan. All levels of care, including Memory Care.

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  • Jose
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  • Adam Gordon

    Hi, I am looking for a great assisted living facility with memory care transition facility in or near Puebla for my dad. He is very active but needs round the clock assistance. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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  • Frank Smith

    Hello. My name is Frank Smith, I operate a Senior Care Company in Rosarito and Tijuana Mexico. I’m not going to plug my company here, but I will say that the services for older Americans is definitely needed in Baja. A common question to me is ” will insurance cover my loved one & can get additional medical coverage here in Mexico?” I was never able to give a qualified answer.thank you for the artical.

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  • Careinvermont

    I would love to open a facility in or near Puerto Morelos. I have experience and know how but weaving through Mexican laws is overwhelming for me.

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    • Raf Bracho

      Maybe speak with a lawyer? Either way, we hope this message finds you well. 🙂

      Reply
  • Shirley V

    Interested to see if you have any recommendations for nursing homes in Mexico City. Thanks in advance.

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    • Raf Bracho

      Shirley, unfortunately, we don’t have specific recommendations. I know that in the comments section people have been advertising their establishments and I have been authorized to approve the comment if the place looks reputable. The comments in this article might yield something of value, however, remember the best way to find the right place is to go there–at meal time, haha 😉

      We hope this message finds you well. 🙂

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  • emily

    I am looking for a great assisted living facility with memory care facility in or near Mexico City for my expat aunt who is staying in DF due to Covid. Any places that you can recommend?

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    • Raf Bracho

      Emily,

      We don’t recommend assisted living facilities. Several facilities have advertised on this page, and I have been authorized to approve their comment if the facility seemed legitimate. However, the best way to find something good is to go there and see for yourself!

      Also, you might have good luck speaking with people in Expat groups on Facebook. Surely someone has a family member in one that they are pleased with.

      We hope this message finds you well.

      Reply

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