Betty Friedan agrees that age is not something to hold you from doing what you want. She said that it’s a new stage of strength and opportunity not lost youth.
One Texan took to Facebook to share his clever idea on cost-effective accommodation during the golden years.
Like many older Americans, Terry Robinson clearly isn’t too thrilled with the prospect of a nursing home or retirement home for what are supposed to be his golden years. After all, many long-term care and senior housing options cost more than maintaining a large family home. According to Where You Live Matters, the median cost of assisted living across America, for example, is just over $4,000.
Of course, many of these facilities also have terrible reputations for elderly abuse, poor care and service, under-staffing, not maintaining amenities, underwhelming dietary departments, and imposing harsh regulations and rules on residents.
So, it’s no wonder that Terry and many of his peers are looking for alternative solutions to their housing needs as they age. Terry’s idea for alternative housing makes a lot of sense. In the Facebook post, Terry breaks down how and why he plans on checking into a Holiday Inn, not a nursing home, when he gets old and feeble.
According to Terry, the average cost of nursing home care is $188.00 per day. Yet, it will cost him just $59.23 per day at the Holiday Inn after the long-term stay and senior citizen discounts are applied.
Plus, he would get free breakfast every day, an afternoon happy hour, spa and swimming pool access, workout and lounge areas, room service access, free maid service, free security, free maintenance service covering TV repairs to replacing the mattress or lightbulbs, and washer and dryer amenities.
He’d even have free laundry service for linens, and the room would be restocked with complimentary toothpaste, soap, shampoos, razors, and such as needed. With just a couple bucks in tips, Terry figured that the staff would be more than willing to do a lot more, too. After paying for his stay, he’d save almost $130 over a nursing home, which he’d use to cover his other two meals, extra amenities and tips, and entertainment costs.
istockphoto.com/benedekOne of the most attractive selling features for the Holiday Inn retirement idea is that you wouldn’t be indefinitely confined or obligated to just one place. When you wanted to visit or move to another city, it would be as simple as checking out and in.
At the end of his Facebook post, Terry points out that you’d even have a built-in welfare check since the maid would come around to find you in a bind and either call an ambulance or undertaker. It all sounds like the best of the best nursing home offerings, but the Holiday Inn retirement plan comes at just a fraction of the price.
“They treat you like a customer, not a patient,” writes Terry Robinson.
What do you think? Is Terry on to the next great idea for senior living arrangements? Have you ever heard of anyone living out their retirement years in a hotel? Would you do it? We’d love to hear all your thoughts and opinions in the comments section, and please don’t hesitate to pass this story on to others.