Man plans to spend his 'Golden Years' in Holiday Inn instead of nursing home


    (MGN Online)

    HOUSTON, Tx. (WSET) -- One man has a genius and thrifty idea for when it comes time for him to go to a nursing home.

    Terry Robison said in a viral Facebook post he's going to take up residency at the Holiday Inn instead of going to a nursing home. It has been shared over 100,000 times since he made the original post February 8.

    His logic is pretty sound: the average nursing home costs $188 a day, while a long-term stay along with a senior discount at the Holiday Inn costs just $59.23 per night.

    Plus, the hotel always has free breakfasts, and some even have happy hours.

    Terry may be on to something.

    Will the money he's saving by living at the Holiday Inn, he'll have over $100 left over for lunch and dinner, laundry, and gratuities for all of the hotel staff.

    Plus, Holiday Inn always has complementary toiletries and clean your rooms for you. They'll also fix or repair anything that goes wrong in the room.

    "They treat you like a customer, not a patient," Terry said.

    And you don't have to stay at just one Holiday Inn. Terry recommends you use your golden years to travel to Holiday Inns all over the world.

    "Want to see Hawaii ? They have Holiday Inn there too," he said.

    If things take a turn for the worse: "... they'll call an ambulance . . . Or the undertaker."

    If you fall and break a hip, Medicare will pay for the hip, and Holiday Inn will upgrade you to a suite for the rest of your life.

    If your family wants to visit, they can just get a room too, and your grandkids can enjoy the pool.

    The way Terry has it planned out, we may just check in to the Holiday Inn now!

    In an interview with USA Today, he said he made his post based off of an email chain he received over a year ago.

    He said he wasn't expecting it to become a hotly debated topic.

    "Maybe it did open it up to a certain degree for debate so if it did that I'm happy for that," he said in the interview. "And if it was a way for people to vent, that's good . . . Because they shared it, I think they enjoyed it."

    In response to Robison's viral post, Holiday Inn released the following statement:

    "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,'" an IHG spokesperson said. "He did miss one big benefit in his long list of reasons to stay with us – kids eat for free at Holiday Inn."

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