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BooBoosmom2u
6/29/2021 00:20 EST

Hi, my name is Karen and I am new to the forum. I am planning on moving to BA in Sept, COVID restrictions allowing. I am 70 yrs old and planning on applying for a pensionado visa. My question is this, how common are power wheelchairs or mobility scooters? I can walk short distances with a cane, longer ones with a walker but anything more than 100-150’ is more than I can handle. Then I need either a battery power chair or a mobility scooter. I will be going through a realtor maybe the end of August. To make it tougher, I have 2 chihuahuas. Is there a quarantine on dogs after they arrive? I’ll let the realtor worry about finding me a handicap and pet friendly apt. . Does Costco have mobility scooters to shop on, not to buy, like they do in the States? Lastly, would it be difficult to find someone to clean? Yes I will be alone. I know no one in BA. I love the wide sidewalks and broad aves and the vibe that seems to come across in any YouTube video. Any advice?

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BooBoosmom2u
7/1/2021 04:56 EST

Thank you for such good advice. I appreciate it.

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todikaios
6/29/2021 09:27 EST

I have visited Bs. As. over 50 times in the past 15 years, 10-25 days per trip, and I have NEVER seen any electric, self-propelled wheelchairs. While there are some wide sidewalks in the micro center, where all the tourists visit, the large majority of sidewalks (veredas in Argentine Castellano) are not wide, and many are in poor condition, leading to lots of tripping, etc. I would suggest visiting for a month or more before making any big decisions on a long-stay move. Argentina is far from a land of milk and honey (or even wine and beef nowadays). The economy is definitely hurting and the covid pandemic has exacerbated it even more. Many people have a 1930’s or 1950’s view of Argentina, but those “golden” years are now greatly tarnished. Be realistic and visit at the end of 2021 or early 2022 and see for yourself. I am now 80 and have Argentine residency, but life is more stable and care is more available here in the USA then in Argentina.

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todikaios
6/29/2021 09:27 EST

I have visited Bs. As. over 50 times in the past 15 years, 10-25 days per trip, and I have NEVER seen any electric, self-propelled wheelchairs. While there are some wide sidewalks in the micro center, where all the tourists visit, the large majority of sidewalks (veredas in Argentine Castellano) are not wide, and many are in poor condition, leading to lots of tripping, etc. I would suggest visiting for a month or more before making any big decisions on a long-stay move. Argentina is far from a land of milk and honey (or even wine and beef nowadays). The economy is definitely hurting and the covid pandemic has exacerbated it even more. Many people have a 1930’s or 1950’s view of Argentina, but those “golden” years are now greatly tarnished. Be realistic and visit at the end of 2021 or early 2022 and see for yourself. I am now 80 and have Argentine residency, but life is more stable and care is more available here in the USA then in Argentina.

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