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The Shangri La retirement Living Facility is located in San Antonio. The address is #169 Ramon Corona, San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco, MX.  It is a beautiful facility but I was most impressed with the owner. Her name is Joannie Smith. She and her husband, Fenley, moved to Mexico ten years ago. Joannie rented the house and put a lot of time and money into fixing it up. They opened the business four years ago.  She is obviously an extremely competent and loving woman. All the clients and their loved ones must think so too because they have been with her since she opened.

Joannie had to have a non functional swimming pool dug up and filled in with dirt and flowers. She added an extra bathroom. She put extra shelving in the bedrooms and did other remodeling projects around the home. I wouldn’t mind being her landlady. It was all done at Joannie’s expense. The home has a very large yard. There is a fence all around the property so it is safe for the clients to freely wander around in and enjoy the trees and flowers.

There are five bedrooms in the house. One is upstairs. Each bedroom has it’s own bathroom. Currently, there is one vacancy. The base rate is 1800 American dollars a month. On top of that there are charges for medicines, diapers, other personal items the clients need and any other extra care that they may require. As they get older, they many times require much more care and that is why the price may go up. But you never have to worry about your loved one being kicked out, even if they can no longer walk or even get out of bed.

There is a lovely front porch where people can sit and look out onto the yard. There are no rules that restrict their lives. They are free to do as they wish. Unfortunately, all four of them have some form of dementia. That means a lot more work for the helpers. No telling what they might get into if not watched closely. Joannie told us of a chocolate birthday cake that went by the wayside when one client got her hands on it and spread it over the kitchen counter.

There are several orange trees on the property and an avocado tree. Joannie loaded us up with Avocados as we left for home. She is a very generous person.  I observed her working with the clients. She is kind and loving to them. If I needed help, I would be happy to have her as my caregiver. She takes them on outings and has parties for them. She also has a beautician come to the facility on a regular basis to cut hair and do pedicures and manicures.

There is a small back yard and behind the fence, in the empty lot, horses sometimes come up to visit.

Besides Joannie, there are two other full time helpers, Carmen and Alonzo. Alonzo is a nurse. He once worked in the V.A. hospital in Canada. He speaks perfect English. Carmen understands English and is learning to speak it. There are also two part time helpers.

Joannie emphasized to us, many times, the importance of respect for the clients and their loved ones. She said that she keeps in close contact with the families and lets them be part of the decision making process regarding the care of each client. She understands about the pressures the families have to deal with, including decisions on what kind effort is made when the end of life has come. One of her clients passed away last year. She was in tears as she told us about it.


  • Aging in Place
  • Bathroom
  • Day Care
  • Dining Room
  • Doctor on Call
  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry
  • Lounge
  • Meals Provided
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Nurses on Staff
  • Outdoor Common Areas
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Telephone
  • TV

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