As I get older and older, and the promise threat of assisted living gets to be ever-more imminent, I think this guy may be onto something:

A Texas man says he has no intention of checking into a nursing home during his golden years and is planning on moving into a Holiday Inn instead.  Terry Robison, 64, who is listed as a producer/director at Scarlet Tye Films, shared his novel thought about retirement in a now viral Facebook post.  “No nursing home for us. We’ll be checking into a Holiday Inn!” he begins, a referring to himself and wife Renee Wilson Robison, both of Spring, Texas.

I’ve often wondered about that option, myself.

My only prerequisites are a decent neighborhood (i.e. close to a decent pub and/or restaurant), proximity to a shooting range, and protected parking.  Oh, and a fast fiber-optic hookup.

Your thoughts in Comments?


  1. Not a new idea. I remember in the late 1950s my dad explaining to this youngin that people of means could live in apartments in fancy hotels. That Gen MacArthur lived in the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. And the maids vacuumed and cleaned his apartment and he ordered room service for meals. Something of dignity in a persons last years as opposed to the death factories today.

  2. He’s 64 now, and by way of the picture, in decent health, so it may be another 10 years or more before he is ready to move to that Holiday Inn. How much will inflation have upped that $59/day price? I know, I know, inflation sinks all boats, but not equally. If he plans to finish his days with SS as his only source of income he may find himself homeless. Further, Holiday Inns are high traffic areas, ie., lots of assholes coming and going, and as he gets older he may have less tolerance for that stuff.

    $59 a day = $1,770/mth.
    Our 1600 sf home here in the woods on 5 acres costs way less than that and we have our peace of mind. I’ll stay here.

    Lastly, the whole idea behind the “old folks home” is that they have medical staff on hand for dealing with health issues in old folks. That is a major reason for the costs of those places. I have designed several of these places (where lots of old folks go to die) and there are many other reasons to live in a facility over the Holiday Inn or elsewhere. The guys outlook is short sighted and/or misinformed.

    1. The added medical services are an issue, yes…but there probably is a business opportunity here, providing residential services to people who don’t want to spend their time on housecleaning. Or pay full-time for a guest bedroom.

  3. Yeah! Interesting idea.
    1. Try as I might, I just can’t fold my computer small enough to fit in the room safe when I’m out.
    2. The phone screen’s too small and I have a problem hooking it up to the TV screen.
    3. The second time (top brand name hotels and motels) we found various vermin of the insectoid type on the sheets and pillowcases and had to call housekeeping for new, fresh linen, we started to get discouraged.

    1. There was a recent article about an 80+ widower who has (sort of) permanently booked a small-suite on a cruise ship that plies waters off FL (where he has a “residence”). He even has his “own” table in the dining room. And, he likes the medical staff.

      1. This would be mine and the wife-unit’s ‘win the lottery option’. Think I’d prefer a Residence Inn to Holiday Inn but that’s just me. As long as your health issues can be met with a periodic visit from a home health outfit I’d prefer this to living in a Rubbermaid garden shed in daughter’s back yard.

  4. This may not work in all jurisdictions. Do an act that the Law regards as a serious crime. Confess, and deny all remorse, and state that you intend to do it again.
    Gaol (jail) where the food is free, medicals are free, and who wants a 80 year old arsonist/murderer as a “pet”.
    Then I saw “The Mule”. But I would rather be charged with exterminating vermin than running drugs.

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