Instead of dreading the day when he will have to settle in a retirement home, a Texas man plans to live his "golden age" with a thrifty style.
Nearly 100,000 Facebook users have already shared Terry Robison's retirement strategy of staying at several Holiday Inn hotels to save money, get better service and see the world.
"It's awesome !! I have to share," commented a user.
While the average nursing home costs an average of $ 188 a day, Robison writes that reservations to the hotel chain cost $ 59.23 per night, with a long stay and a discount for seniors. Factor in free breakfast and happy hour and Robison calculated that it would leave $ 128.77 a day for food and entertainment.
In addition, Robison stated that Holiday Inns offered a spa, swimming pool, gym, laundry and lounge. Of course, shampoo, soap, toothpaste and free razors will also save you money.
Securing a room in the right nursing home can take months, but Robison said that reservations for quality customer service can be made now.
"Five bucks a day and your entire team will be struggling to help you," said Robison. "They treat you like a customer, not a patient."
Hotel staff will sort out everything from light bulbs to mattresses, Robison said, and apologize for the inconvenience. A night watchman will watch and a maid will check in every day.
And, Robison said, the staff will "call an ambulance … or funeral home" if something goes wrong.
With more than 1,100 Holiday Inn sites, Robison said he could travel wherever he wanted. A local change of scenery and social opportunities are also available with a shuttle to the airport, the church bus or the city bus.
And family visits? No problem, says Robison.
"They will always be happy to meet you and probably spend a few days on a mini-vacation," he wrote. "Grandchildren can use the pool."
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