I have lived outside the USA for 13 years, and culturally I have changed, I no longer think of labor as expensive, it seems natural that the world pays 10 U.S. Dollars per day on average.
Well, a week or so ago a man wrote me asking about "Assisted Living" in Guatemala, and --- it seemed like a silly question.
"Why would I need to move into an assisted living community?"
"I can pay to have 1-5 people take care of me with ease."
Many homes around the planet have many house workers, a couple maids, a gardener, and other workers, this is normal that rich people have assistance. Being that anyone from a Western Country is rich, then I am rich.
Then along come Dale, he is 76, he has tons of problem and a group of expat here on Lago Atitlan have been working to arrange help for Dale. It was not difficult, he receives about 1200 USD per month, this is a ton of money here.
200 for his room.
15 USD per day spending money.
50-100 per month to buy something for the home.
4 Dollars per day to pay to have someone check on him
10 Dollars per week to have someone come clean his home
it goes on and on, anyway you do it, Dale is taken care, or we can say he is having assisted living.
One worker working full time per month is 150-300 USD.
The hard part is finding trusted people when we lose our minds and become senile.
I am going to go up the hill to Solola this week and find out how much a full time nurse is paid per month.
duriandon from has written 13 comments
Assisted Care Senior Living Center in Hawaii -- $3,000-$8,000+ per month, depending on care level. $1,200 monthly Social Security means a lifetime of spending, not saving and investing for retirement. i couldn't spend $15 daily in Pana without going to gringo restaurants.
you can drink and smoke, not minding rain and hot seasons, duty-free tropical Camby
fits all budgets.
aloha, uncle don
Gadget from has written 1,020 comments
I am not sure what that means, but living within our means is the correct budget. I think people spend their whole life trying to live outside their means. I hope by age 62 or 65 people can accept where they are in life.
I on the other hand accept that I refuse to plan for a future of spending money, when I am able to stop planning.