A Texas man is planning to spend the golden years of his retirement at Holiday Inns nationwide instead of moving into a nursing home in an effort to cut costs, ABC News reported.
Terry Robison of Spring, Texas, explained his reasons for wanting to spend his retirement years as a customer of the hotel chain in a viral post on Facebook earlier this month. According to Robison, while the average cost of a nursing home can amount to $188.00 per day, 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," Robison 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."
He also added that most have free toothpaste and razors, and all have free shampoo and soap and claims that with $5 worth of tips a day, one can have the entire staff at one's beck and call.
One of the appeals for Robison is that at the inn, he will be treated as a customer, not a patient. He added that the staff will also "call an ambulance ... or the undertaker" in case of emergency.
Robison claims that he would be able to travel wherever he wants with the plan as the Holiday Inn has more than 1,100 locations over the world, according to USA Today. As for family visits, Robison wrote that "they will always be glad to find you, and probably check in for a few days mini-vacation."
He even added that the grand-children will have the opportunity to enjoy the pool at the hotel. Robison's post has gone on to rack up more than 108,000 shares as of Tuesday. His post comes months after the annual expenses of a private room in a nursing home was found to have hit the six-figure threshold as of October 2018, according to CNBC. 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.