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kumusta
8/9/2019 11:45 EST

I have a question for the forum why retirement to Costa Rica if you're going to return to North America when you get seriously sick. Do they have extended care or convalescent available in Costa Rica if you should happen to need it?

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Kohl
8/9/2019 16:50 EST

There are some facilities for seniors, but they no way resemble what is available in most areas of North America.

Some people will hire individuals to help them in their home. This tends to be inexpensive...however if you are hiring trained medical personnel, it isn't cheap.

For a private nurse, there is a fee scale. We actually helped put a young woman through university to study nursing, and while waiting/hoping for full time employment she worked for a private company and the salary being paid to her, was high...and much, much higher then what she would be paid if working in a public or private hospital. However, the fees charged to the 'patient was approx. double her 'salary.'

I did hire a nurse, for overnight care to allow me to sleep, but was not happy with some of the care provided. In fact, I refused to pay what was asked....and still I have never relayed what happened to my family members, who all took 'shifts' after they arrived from Canada.

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lindyluvsCR
8/9/2019 21:16 EST

If I got seriously sick, I would NOT return to US. I have visited on a regular basis convalescent homes in US, and some are supposedly upscale, and downhill from there. I watched my mother for 8 yrs in one. Very expensive. If necessary, I would stay in one here. Or have in-home care.

Recently, I fell and fractured my arm which was very painful for first 2 weeks. Ladies from my church and neighbors came over and did dishes, washed clothes, swept and mopped, gave me treatments, ran errands and others called me offering to help. They were all Ticos.; The expats that I know, either expressed concern or said they were praying, but none came or called (only one). I will take the love of the Ticos which involves doing any day.

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kumusta
8/9/2019 21:53 EST

Thank you for that response, Lindy, I appreciate it! I hope all is well now.

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kumusta
8/9/2019 21:54 EST

Thank you, Kohl.

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Kohl
8/9/2019 22:11 EST

Lindyluvscr, obviously, you have fellow church members and neighbors that care about you and who will do that for you, but not all neighbors could be counted on to do the same...

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lindyluvsCR
8/10/2019 13:27 EST

Kohl - I agree. But it is because I attend and am a part of 2 churches where I am the only foreigner. Also am friendly and talk to neighbors because I walk to town. Neighbors that normally do not talk much to me came to talk. One a retired doctor gave me some advice and made an appointment for me. His wife brought me a healing type cream.

Most all the Gringos etc that I know attend English speaking churches, and go to meet other gringos, and many have cars, and cannot talk their way out of a paper bag in Spanish even if here a long time. The people I know that have no cars also know Ticos because out walking and at least talking to some taxi drivers in Spanish.

I also know lots of gringos. Some offered help, kind of, but Ticos, even neighbors that had never been to my house, heard through the grapevine, and came within minutes of hearing about my fall to check on me, and marched straight to the kitchen to do my dishes etc etc. Caring people.

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PombinhaCoco7
8/10/2019 15:19 EST

LindyLuvsCR
I'm glad that your neighbors were kind to you.
This is why I compare the locals here with the locals in Portugal.
They too will help you and if they don't understand you they will use their hands
to communicate with you.

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jethroman
8/10/2019 22:37 EST

Are the Tico's ever caring. My brother and I were staying in a family owned hotel where they treated us like familia. My brother took ill. They made several appointments for him and took him to see the doctors. Invited us over to their home for chicken wings and beer. Wonderful people they are.

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