• Viral post about Holiday Inn cheaper than a nursing home an internet staple since 2004

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    A Texas man’s Facebook post went viral after he claimed it was cheaper to stay at a Holiday Inn instead of a nursing home when he retired, with more than 120,000 shares on the social media site since Feb. 8. 

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    However, a spokesman for the motel chain said the scenario advanced by Terry Robison of Spring has been an internet staple for nearly 15 years and appeared in a different form three years ago, KHOU reported.

    Robison claimed in his post that for $59 per night -- with a seniors discount -- staying at the motel was more affordable than a nursing home, which he claimed was at least $188 per day.

    A Holiday Inn spokesman told KHOU, "There's no way to guarantee $59 a night because rates change constantly and are based on the hotel, region and location."

    Holiday Inn also released a statement, responding to Robison's post, the television station reported.

    "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.’ He did miss one big benefit in his long list of reasons to stay with us – kids eat for free at Holiday Inn. So that’s another excuse for the grandkids to come and visit."

    Similar stories about alternatives to staying at nursing homes have appeared on the internet since 2004 and as recently 2016, the Houston Chronicle reported.

    The newspaper reported that it reached out to Robison for a comment, but he has not responded.

    Original report: A Texas man is not planning to spend his retirement years in a nursing home. Instead, Terry Robison will live at Holiday Inns nationwide, WSET reported.

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    In a Facebook post, Robison, of Spring, outlined the reasons for staying at the motel chain when he gets older.

    While doing research, Robison said the average cost of nursing home care is $188 per day. Holiday Inn is much cheaper, he said.

    “I've already checked on reservations at the Holiday Inn,” Robison wrote on Facebook. “For a combined long-term stay discount and senior discount, it's $59.23 per night.”

    Robison notes that breakfast is included, and some Holiday Inns have happy hours.

    With the money he saves daily, Robison claims there is plenty of cash for lunch and dinner -- or room service -- laundry, tips and even special movies shown in the hotel. Hotel security provides safety against criminals, too, he wrote.

    Don’t forget the swimming pools, spas and weight rooms. Plus a bus for handicapped people will pick you up, “if you fake a decent limp.”

    "They treat you like a customer, not a patient," Robison wrote

    Another advantage of choosing a motel over a nursing home is flexibility, Robison writes

    “Want to see Hawaii ? They have Holiday Inn there too,” Robison posted. “TV broken? Light bulbs need changing? Need a mattress replaced? No problem. They fix everything, and apologize for the inconvenience.”

    Medical care is probably the biggest drawback to this ambitious plan.

    While Robison notes Medicare will pay for a fall -- “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,” he writes -- his plan does not include long-term medical care, which are built into the costs at senior care facilities and make residency more expensive, WYFF reported.

    According to 2016 figures released by the Department of Health and Human Services, a private room at a licensesd nursing home for people who are ill or need help with daily living needs averages $253 per day -- or more than $7,600 or month.

    Robison, however, has a cheeky answer to those spiraling costs, saying the motel is still more advantageous.

    “The maid checks to see if you are OK,” Robison writes. “If not, they'll call an ambulance. ... Or the undertaker.”

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