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I was in Granada yesterday! In Leon now. You can find someone to take care of your father here I'm sure. They have a private hospital and a public one. I don't know how much a private nurse would cost but costs here a reasonable with almost everything.
One thing I would bring to your attention is that hardly anything here is handicap accessible. This means that he won't be able to roll a wheelchair down the side walk and cross the street in one alone. If he walks with a cane he can move around the city as there are many people here who walk with canes.
You can hire a translator from any of the schools. They are expensive if you hire them through the school and I would suggest getting a young assistant that can speak both even if it's broken Spanglish. For example I speak both but I have people that work for me that can speak both as well. A school will send a translator for $30-50 dollars a day or u could hire an assistant for $60 a week. They could also double as someone who could do all your shopping and organizing your travel for you. Well worth the money.
Many places I go, the price changes as soon as they see me get out of the car. When they see a foreigner the price doubles. My assistant negotiates for me and then I get out and pay. She saves me more than $60 a week so it's well worth the money. Things to consider. If u are looking for a wheelchair friendly area look in Fatima. They actually have decent sidewalks.
Hope this helps.

Bushamy is right. Less expats in estelli, jinotega, and matagalpa, but the weather is much cooler there and the wind is blowing constantly when u get up in the higher elevations.
Don't worry about fitting into a community. They will love u. I meet new Americans here every week. Lots of groups coming through now as well. The rainy season is over now and people are starting to come back down.
Medical care is another thing. Pharmacies here have everything u need cheap. I can walk right into a pharmacy and get whatever I need. The meds here work awesome as well. About two months ago I had a cold and runny nose. I walked into a pharmacy and told the girl. She gave me a nasal inhaler and I laughed out Loud at her. I bought it any way for about $2. I took it home and used it and within 15 mins felt 100% better. Worked like a  miracle. Over the years I have gotten sick here on occasion and they always have something that works quick. I go to a dentist here and the price for a filing is around $20. In NYC it's about 2k but that's nyc.  You can find and afford a private dr to treat you for whatever. I have one and a private eye dr as well. I scratched my eye last week and paid $20 for a visit and then another $5 for the rx drops.  People are very friendly and you will meet expats and or locals easily.
Necessities include
1. Patience
2. Open mind
3. Good cookbook
4. Some type of music device that plays music u like, ie iPad, Walkman etc
5.  Good towel. Hard to find a big towel here.
6. Baby wipes as you can't flush paper down the toilet
7. Tootsie rolls
8. Thermal water bottle
9. Hair gel, they only sell one kind here
10. Really great walking shoes.
If I had to prioritize this list I would put tootsie rolls first. Chocolate u can buy here is snickers, twix, and a Hersey bar.  Everything else is almost non existent. They do have M&M but this is hardly considered chocolate.
If you get pulled over by police, a $4 tip buys your innocence. Hope this helps.
One last tip, don't pet dogs here ever! Little ones bite much more than the big ones. I always have a water bottle to spray them just to be on the side of caution.

Hey I'm Jeffrey and I actually live in Leon and own and operate a business here. I'm a New Yorker from NYC and if anyone ever has a question feel free to reach out to me. I have actually registered a motorcycle here and have been in the area since 2010 or so. I wish I had someone like ,me to ask questions to before I had to go through it myself!

Lazytrader posted on the thread Some quick infos about Léon on the Nicaragua forum

I live in Leon as well so if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me. I never check this site hardly but I think it updates me when someone responds to my post. Have u been up on top of Cerro negro yet. I rode my motorcycle all around that place the other day and that was a blast. I have buddy's from NYC come all the time and we rent a hacienda for a day and do some horseback ridding or even private party stuff. Hope you like as well as we do.

Lazytrader posted on the thread Some quick infos about Léon on the Nicaragua forum

U have to be careful everywhere in the country. Always be smart about where u travel and how u get there.
I see kids all the time in karate ghees? Running all around the city of Leon and they have to be taking class somewhere. There are lots of Americans here now and they are with church groups or schools. I'm sure that if you can't find a school you can find someone to give you private lessons. How long are you here for?

Lazytrader posted on the thread Starting a business in Nicaragua on the Nicaragua forum

So can't disagree with most of the post. Electricity is expensive. Not nearly 10000 cordobas a month but mine is about 1000 or 1100 cordobas which is $40.
You will need thick skin. I from NYC, did business there for years. I think this place is just as hard to break into the market. It's just like I said three years ago. There is not a plethora of pizza, yogurt, or your local sign shops. Plenty of opportunity is here though. This place is growing like a wildfire. It's not easy and in the beginning u will get your butt kicked. That's in every business though. I met a guy here yesterday that is opening a chain of thin crust pizza places and said he worked 80 hours a week in the beginning but hardly goes there now. You will need to put your time in.
This poster is right about the sentiment of the people and u will need to surround yourself with really good ones who are on your team. Makes all the difference in the world.
You can't expect to tell an employee to be at work at 8am and they walk in the door at 8am. Not reality. They come in around 8:30-9. Just get used to it and keep you expectations for punctuality low.  Most entrepreneurs I know are tough SOB's when it comes to work.

Lazytrader posted on the thread Buying property in Nicaragua on the Nicaragua forum

Its not as straight forward as in the United States. You will have to hire an attorney there to make sure you have all of your paper work in order.  There are several horror stories from people out there who never looked into getting the proper paper work together.  You will need to make sure that the title or deed is the original and is current and up to date. The taxes can accumulate on a property if they were not paid and this is the same in the United States.  Best bet would be to check with a current expat that just purchased one in the last year.  Things to consider would be concrete as opposed to adobe.  The banks will no longer lend money to a person seeking a house made out of adobe or clay.  The house needs to be supported by concrete in order to take a loan out against it or for it.  Keep this in mind when you are thinking about earthquakes. 

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Starting a business in Nicaragua

There are several opportunities for entrepreneurs to make a living in Nicaragua. The market is pretty wide open in the sense that there are not 20 pizza places that deliver, not 12 Starbucks per town. The opportunity to run a small or large successful business there is a real possibility. I just got back from a trip to León and I looked at all kinds of possibilities there. Hotel,restaurant, and hostels are very popular there. You can slide into a small business like this there with non real problem. You must select the area In which you plan on doing business. The street selection is very important. Hire a local to explain the importance of street location. If you are even thinking about it and want to know more about local laws or where to learn Spanish check out my blog or shoot me message.

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Lazytrader posted on the thread Researching Nicaragua for possible retirement. on the Nicaragua forum

Couple things you can do with regards to Nicaragua.

Have you and your wife traveled to there recently?  You can bet houses in the cities such as León are pretty expensive.  Cheap relative to the states but still expensive none the less. I just got back last week and I looked at about 25 houses for sale there. Cheapest I saw was about $110,000 and most expensive was $550,000. A house on the beach outside León Is about $125,000 and up. That's right on the beach though. Keep in mind they have had a tsunami in the past as well. Cerro Negro Volcano is quit active as well. They have their share in earthquakes as well. Google the one in 1972. Look at the area view from the space camera NASA owns. If you are looking to retire or do business in Nica check out my blog. Email me if you have anymore questions. Don't let mother nature scare you off.
You can do business in that part of the world to help supplement your retirement income. Money in Nicaragua goes a long way so a small business on the side means that you would use less of your dollars when you retire!
You can rent surf boards on the beach or open a hostel. You could also start your own pizza delivery service if you have experience in that field. Never assume you can distribute your product with the current road systems and traffic. It's not the same as in the states. Roads really are not up to par there. It's getting better and has come a long way but still you are not able to distribute your product easily.

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