Replacing a nursing home with a Holiday Inn sounds fun, but it's unrealistic for most

Terry Robison struck a viral chord with his recent Facebook FB, +1.86%  post in which he resurfaces an old trope about living out his twilight years with room service, pay-per-view, happy hour and free breakfast. All for the price of $59.23.

No nursing home for us,” he wrote. “We’ll be checking into a Holiday Inn!”

Robison cited the average cost of nursing care of $188 a day — the national average for a private room comes to $253, according to — and says that, by staying at Holiday Inn, he’d have an extra $128.77 to spend.

“Plus, they provide a spa, swimming pool, a workout room, a lounge and washer-dryer, etc,” Robison pointed out. “Most have free toothpaste and razors, and all have free shampoo and soap. $5-worth of tips a day and you’ll have the entire staff scrambling to help you.”

He added that the hotel provides security, maintenance, a maid to check if you’re OK and call an ambulance if not. What’s not to like?

“When I reach that golden age,” he concluded, “I’ll face it with a grin.”

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