BY ARIS FOLLEY
A Texas man is planning to spend his retirement years at Holiday Inns nationwide instead of moving into a nursing home, in an effort to cut costs, ABC affiliate WSET reported. Terry Robinson of Spring, Texas, listed his reasons for spending his golden years as a customer of the hotel chain in a viral post on Facebook earlier this month.
While the average cost of a nursing home can amount to $188.00 per day, Robinson wrote in the post that reservations at the Holiday Inn cost $59.23 per night with a “combined long term stay discount and senior discount.”
“Breakfast is included and some have happy hours in the afternoon,” Robinson wrote. “That leaves $128.77 a day for lunch and dinner in any restaurant we want, or room service, laundry, gratuities and special TV movies. Plus, they provide a spa, swimming pool, a workout room, a lounge and washer-dryer, etc.”
“Most have free toothpaste and razors, and all have free shampoo and soap,” he went on to write, adding that “$5 worth of tips a day and you’ll have the entire staff scrambling to help you.”
“They treat you like a customer, not a patient,” he said.
Robinson added that the staff will also “call an ambulance … or the undertaker” if anything bad happens. Robinson also said that he would be able to travel wherever he wants with the retirement plan, as the Holiday Inn has more than 1,100 locations accords the world, according to USA Today. As for family visits, Robinson wrote that “they will always be glad to find you, and probably check in for a few days mini-vacation.”
“The grand-kids can use the pool,” he added.
Robinson’s post has gone on to rack up more than 108,000 shares as of Tuesday. According to CNBC, the annual expense of a private room in a nursing home hit the six-figure threshold as of October 2018. Nursing home care is typically meant for people who are not self-sufficient and involves assistance by trained medical staff. The report found in a new study that the national annual median cost of a private room in a nursing home amounted to roughly $100,375. The most expensive place for care in a nursing home in the United States was Alaska, according to the study, where the annual median cost of a room in a nursing home was reportedly $330,873. Washington, D.C., reportedly has the highest cost for a one-bedroom at an assisted living facility, with the annual median cost estimated to be about $111,195.