A Texas man has done the sums and come to the conclusion he’s better off at a Holiday Inn than a nursing home for his golden years for half the price.
Terry Robison’s Facebook post weighing up his retirement plan has been shared nearly 100,000 times.
According to his calculations, the average home care costs $US188 ($A262) a day, while a combined seniors discount and long-term stay discount at the hotel chain is just $US59.23 ($A83) a night.
And when factoring in the free breakfast as well as the complimentary shampoo and soap, that leaves a hefty sum to splash on lunch and dinner to make up the gap from the cost of a nursing home.
“$US128.77 a day for lunch and dinner in any restaurant we want, or room service, laundry, gratuities and special TV movies,” Mr Robison wrote.
“Plus, they provide a spa, swimming pool, a workout room, a lounge and washer-dryer.”
Guests can take advantage of free senior bus rides from the stop out front, he wrote.
“To meet other nice people, call a church bus on Sundays,” he said.
“For a change of scenery, take the airport shuttle bus and eat at one of the nice restaurants there.”
It takes months to get into a good nursing home, but Holiday Inn will take your reservation today, Mr Robison schemes.
“And you’re not stuck in one place forever — you can move from Inn to Inn, or even from city to city,” he said.
“Want to see Hawaii? They have Holiday Inn there too.
“TV broken? Light bulbs need changing? Need a mattress replaced? No problem … They fix everything, and apologise for the inconvenience.
“They treat you like a customer, not a patient.”
Mr Robison said health and security was included in the bargain rate.
“The Inn has a night security person and daily room service. The maid checks to see if you are OK. If not, they’ll call an ambulance … or the undertaker,” he wrote.
“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.”
The family would be much more willing to visit at a Holiday Inn than a nursing home, the post reads.
“They will always be glad to find you and probably check in for a few days mini-vacation,” Mr Robison said.
“The grandkids can use the pool. What more could I ask for?
“When I reach that golden age, I’ll face it with a grin.”