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64-Year-Old Announces Plans To Retire at Holiday Inn Instead of Nursing Home, Here's Why


It’s hard to see your parents age. When you have to factor in the cost of living in their later years, though, things grow even more challenging. And what if one or both parents develop health issues?

Children have tried multiple solutions, including having their parents live with them and planning ahead for special retirement homes. However, one man from Spring, Texas, has come up with an ingenious plan for his golden years.

Terry Robison has no plans to spend his final days in a nursing home, according to his viral Facebook post. Nor will he hang out with his children in a mother-in-law suite.

Instead, he analyzed the general cost of staying in a retirement community.

“With the average cost for a nursing home care around $188.00 per day,” he wrote, “there is a better way when we get old and too feeble.”

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He’s not wrong about the expensive nature of nursing homes. The Frederick News-Post reported that basic assisted living costs $4,500 a month, which averages to $150 per day.

Semi-private rooms in nursing homes get much more expensive at $110,000 per year. That’s double the cost at roughly $300 per day.

But Robison believes that he has come up with a more economical and enjoyable option; he plans to spend his twilight years in a Holiday Inn.

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“I’ve already checked on reservations at the Holiday Inn,” he wrote. “For a combined long term stay discount and senior discount, it’s $59.23 per night.

“Breakfast is included, and some have happy hours in the afternoon. That leaves $128.77 a day for lunch and dinner in any restaurant we want, or room service, laundry, gratuities and special TV movies.”

He went on to list the various advantages of Holiday Inn living. For one thing, they provide complimentary amenities such as soap and shampoo.

They have staff who will “treat you like a customer, not a patient.” And should you pick a location with a nearby bus stop, you can ride for free as a senior.

Robinson said that one of the best parts is that you aren’t necessarily confined to a single property.

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“You’re not stuck in one place forever,” he said. “You can move from Inn to Inn or even from city to city.

“Want to see Hawaii? They have a Holiday Inn there, too.”

Robison also laid out a plan in case his health declined.

“The maid checks to see if you are ok. If not, they’ll call an ambulance. Or the undertaker. … What more could I ask for? So when I reach that golden age, I’ll face it with a grin.”

Liftable, a section of The Western Journal, contacted InterContinental Hotels Group, who owns Holiday Inn, for comment. An IHG Spokesperson said, “While we’re not certain how Mr. Robison arrived at his current budget calculations, we look forward to welcoming him when he reaches his ‘golden age.’ He did miss one big benefit in his long list of reasons to stay with us – kids eat free at Holiday Inn. So that’s another excuse for grandkids to come and visit.”

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A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine.
A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine. Most days find him crafting copy for corporate and small-business clients, but he also occasionally indulges in creative writing. His short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines. Loren currently lives in south Florida with his wife and three children.
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