In our society, the elderly and nursing homes go hand in hand. But when speaking with elderly people, one of their biggest fears is being placed into a nursing home. Who can blame them? According to National Center on Elder abuse, one study interviewing 2,000 nursing home residents reported that 44% said they had been abused and 95% said they had been neglected or seen another resident neglected. When considering the psyche of an older senior, nursing homes or convalescent homes mean “end of life”. Often times adult children don’t know a better solution as the needs of the parents increase, the home is no longer suited for their parent, and/or they do not have the funds or the time for in home care. Reverse mortgages have been helping seniors in need for years. But now as retirement planners are realizing the benefit the can offer long term, they are now being used more proactively.
Reverse mortgage is a great method to finance in-home care to avoid nursing homes, pay for medical care, and even fund home modifications. For seniors who are looking to situate long term and prepare to live their golden years in their own home, a move to a new residence closer to family or more suited for senior life may be in order. The reverse mortgage for purchase is perfect option for these situations. Reverse mortgage for purchase allows the purchase of a different residence using a reverse mortgage while still employing the perks of a traditional reverse mortgage – living mortgage payment free. In addition, reverse mortgages do not affect social security, pensions, or medicare.
Both reverse mortgage for purchase and traditional reverse mortgage are available to seniors 62 and over. The home must be the primary residence and it must be a HUD approved property type.
Janice Cohen is a HECM Reverse Mortgage Specialist serving the North Hollywood, Sunland, Tujunga, Burbank, Glendale, La Crescenta, Montrose and many more areas of southern California. Click here to contact Janice and learn if reverse mortgage is right for you.