LET'S All RETIRE AT THE HOLIDAY INN
A few days ago, we received one of those infinitely forwarded
emails that struck our fancy because it was so clever and, as you'll
soon read, has a certain quirky logic. Kudos to the anonymous writer:
No nursing home for me! I'm checking into the Holiday Inn.
With the average cost for a nursing home per day reaching $188.00,
there is a better way when we get old and feeble. I have already checked
on reservations at the Holiday Inn. For a combined long-term stay
discount and senior discount, it's $49.23 per night.
That leaves $138.77 a day for:
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner in any restaurant I want, or room Laundry, gratuities, and special TV movies.
Plus, they provide a swimming pool, a workout room, a lounge, washer, dryer, etc. Most have free toothpaste and razors, and all have free
shampoo and soap. They treat you like a customer, not a patient. $5.00 worth of tips a day will have the entire staff scrambling to help you.
There is a city bus stop out front, and seniors ride free. The handicap bus will also pick you up (if you fake a decent limp). To meet other nice people, call a church bus on Sundays.
For a change of scenery, take the airport shuttle bus and eat at one of
the nice restaurants there. While you're at the airport, fly somewhere.
Otherwise, the cash keeps building up.
It takes months to get into decent nursing homes. Holiday Inn will take
your reservation today. And you are not stuck in one place forever, you
can move from Inn to Inn, or even from city to city. Want to see Hawaii?
They have a Holiday Inn there, too.
TV broken? Light bulbs need changing? Need a mattress replaced? No
problem. They fix everything and apologize for the inconvenience.
The Inn has a night security person and daily room service. The maid
checks if you are OK. If not, they will call the undertaker or an
ambulance. 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.
And no worries about visits from family. They will always be glad to
find you, and probably check in for a few days mini-vacation. Thegrandchildren can use the pool. What more can you ask for?
So, when I reach the golden age I'll face it with a grin. Just forward
all my emails to the Holiday Inn!"
Upon telling this story at a dinner with friends and too much red wine,
we came up with even more benefits the Holiday Inn provides to retirees:
Most standard rooms have coffee makers, reclining chairs, and satellite
TV - all you need to enjoy a cozy afternoon. After a movie and a good
nap, you can check on your children (free local phone calls), then take a stroll to the lounge or restaurant where you meet new and exotic
people everyday. Many Holiday Inns even feature live entertainment on
Often they have special offers, too, like the Kids Eat Free Program.
You can invite your grandchildren over after school to have a free
dinner with you. Just tell them not to bring more than three friends.
Pick a Holiday Inn where they allow pets, and your best friend can keep
you company as well.
If you want to travel, but are a bit skittish about unfamiliar
surroundings, in a Holiday Inn you'll always feel at home because
wherever you go, the rooms all look the same.
And if you're getting a little absent-minded in your old days, you
never have to worry about not finding your room -- your electronic key fits only one door and the helpful bellman or desk clerk is on duty 24/7.
Being perma-skeptics, we called a Holiday Inn to check this story out
-- and are happy to report that they were positively giddy at the idea
of us checking in for a year or more. They even offered to negotiate the
rate (we could have easily knocked them down to $40 a night!).
See you at the Inn!