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Nursing Homes in Portugal


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 lar
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I currently have a house in the Silver coast which I use for holidays but I would like to consider moving there permanantly but I couldn't leave my Grandparents behind. My Grandma is in a Nursing Home in the UK an would need similar care in Portugal. Does anyone know of a Nursing home in the Silver Coast area where they speak English?

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Hi and welcome to the forum 8)

Sorry, can't help with your question but I'm sure someone in that neck of the woods will be along shortly.

Whereabouts on the Silver Coast?

-Simon

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Thanks.
My House is near Alcobaca, so with regards to nursing homes anything near Alcobaca, Nazare etc.

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Greetings all,  I am considering retirement at 70 to Central/Northern area and wondering what aged care is available in Portugal in general?  In a country where children care for their old folks, I wonder if care homes are even a thing? 😧 

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 Bert
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@dann Hi Dann, I don't know about specific places but what I can tell you is what I know as a current US citizen of Portuguese heritage who grew up in and currently live in and around large communities of Portuguese people in the Central Valley of California. Many current second/third generation Portuguese families here are sending their parents and grandparents (they are PT citizens) back to Portugal for care as they need it as it is soo expensive in the US/California it is unaffordable for most.

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@bert

The "sending home" phenomenon often mirrors the situation of expats in Portugal, who have generally returned to their former home country when living alone has become unrealistic. For this reason (and in relation to funding), relatively little non-Portuguese (in linguistic or nationality terms) care exists, at least across the country as a whole, compared to what might be expected for the proportions of expats. 

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@thomasandmatthew  Hey Thom and Matt, Thanks for your insight.  My second thought is that perhaps one could hire private in-home care when it becomes necessary.  It's not a bad idea to plan for these things before the need arises.

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@bert Thanks for your reply Bert.  I am from Visalia and had limited contact with the Portuguese community mainly in Hanford, but was unaware that they would send elderly back to PT for aged care.  Most of those folks were from the Azores.

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@dann care homes are very much a thing in Portugal. Whilst families may still be close knit compared to the US/UK, there are different dynamics at play. Many working age people are in cities or abroad, far from their older relatives, to earn better incomes to support their younger families, leaving older relatives behind. This is not to be negative about Portugal, but in practical and relative terms, many older people here live alone, or live in care homes.  Regulation of care homes is a fairly hot topic, with COVID having exposed "illegal" (=unregistered) homes, which exist because, whilst the costs of care are cheaper than, say, the US, they are often unaffordable by Portuguese standards (for example, 3x the minimum wage).

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@thomasandmatthew  Good information Thomas, thanks.  My plan would be to remain in PT in my doddering days.  A Portuguese care home would be fine with me if cost wasn't prohibitive.  In-home care seems like a viable solution until full-time care becomes necessary, but even then one could hire a live-in caregiver.

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@dann. Depending on how much assistance one requires, an arrangement such as Lar no Lar (which was a featured interview on Good Morning PT a week or so ago) could also be a solution.

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@jeanne Thanks Jeanne.  I saw that interview with Lar no Lar and that's what got me to thinking about the subject.  They would be an excellent resource when the time comes.

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@dann  and what I found appealing about Law no Lar is that it has benefits for both parties.

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@dann There are Santa Casa da Misericórdia homes all over the country, they provide care homes, home help services and our local one has just built some residential home units for people over 65 who don't need support

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@pamalcobaca Thank you Pam.  It sounds like there are several possibilities for old age care in PT.  I'll be researching more about Santa Casa, but in the meantime my plans to move to PT continue! 😀 

 

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There are hundreds of Santa Casas, each an independent charity set up to care for those without means or options, linked to a particular settlement. Lisbon's is a vast operation; in small towns, they can be one small care facility. As a result, it's most useful to research the provision in the towns you're looking at, as there's no single national approach, and care quality and options will be very different between places.

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 Dann
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Thomas, thanks for that.  I see that Braganca has a large Casas facility and that's an area I'm interested in.

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