Have you given thought about where you’ll live as a senior when you need a bit of assistance? Perhaps you’re already at that stage in life. Some people opt to live at home, others choose nursing homes, and others prefer retirement or 55+ communities. But for one man? He chose a Holiday Inn.
Senior care facilities can be incredibly expensive – in fact, the numbers can sometimes be shocking.
Breaking down the per-day costs for a retirement or nursing home, you can reach upwards of a couple to a few hundred dollars. And unless you have a giant retirement savings fund – this can be an impossible bill to pay. A man named Terry Robinson refused to spend that much money.
Terry recently took to Facebook to show the world how he was going to live out his senior years – and it was far from the traditional route. It was a choice, however, that would save him tens of thousands of dollars.
Instead of a retirement community, Terry and his wife live in a long-term Holiday Inn. And the perks? Well – they’re pretty amazing.
His post reads:
“No nursing home for us. We’ll be checking into a Holiday Inn! With the average cost for a nursing home care costing $188.00 per day, there is a better way when we get old and too feeble,” Robison said in his post.”
“I’ve already checked on reservations at the Holiday Inn. 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.”
Spending nearly $200 a day just for a place to live is an exorbitant amount of money, no matter who you are. So, after doing a bit of research and some number-crunching, Terry realized that he’d be better off checking himself into a hotel for the rest of his life. Not to mention, there were so many wonderful amenities that were included!
With the money Terry is saving, he’s enjoying spending it on some of the luxuries in life.
“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.” Robison said.
“Most have free toothpaste and razors, and all have free shampoo and soap. $5-worth of tips a day and you’ll have the entire staff scrambling to help you.”
So, basically – Terry is saying that he receives all of the perks and attention of a nursing home or a retirement community but for pennies on the dollar.
Another advantage to hotel-living that Terry has found is that when he gets bored – he just hops on the hotel’s free shuttle!
“For a change of scenery, take the airport shuttle bus and eat at one of the nice restaurants there. While you’re at the airport, fly somewhere. Otherwise, the cash keeps building up. “
Terry also says that many senior-living facilities aren’t just expensive, but they often have long waitlists.
“It takes months to get into decent nursing homes. Holiday Inn will take your reservation today. And you’re not stuck in one place forever — you can move from Inn to Inn, or even from city to city. Want to see Hawaii? They have Holiday Inn there too.”
With Terry’s way of life and thinking – you could galavant around the globe with this retirement plan. There are Holiday Inns located all around the world from Australia to Zimbabwe!
As far as healthcare goes, Terry relies on his Medicare. He also says that thanks to hotel security and 24-hour staffing, he’s never alone at Holiday Inn if he ever needs to call for help.
“What more could I ask for? So, when I reach that golden age, I’ll face it with a grin.”
What do you think? Could you live in a Holiday Inn to see out the rest of your Golden Years? Sounds pretty great to us! Read Terry’s full Facebook post below.
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