Should You Use A Reverse Mortgage To Fund In-Home Care?

Reverse Mortgage Seattle Lynnwood Edmonds Shoreline WashingtonAccording to statistics, there’s a 70% chance seniors over 65 will need some sort of long term care such as in-home care, skilled nursing, or assisted living at some point during their lives.  Although there are various ways to pay for such care, like Medicare, Medicaid, or health insurance, these options often come with limits and additional costs.

For homeowners 62 and over reverse mortgage should be another option considered to fund long-term care.  These tax-free loans convert a portion of home equity into cash without incurring a loan payment.  Borrowers can access the funds via monthly installments, line of credit, a lump sum, and even to purchase a home.

The reverse mortgage line of credit is a great option when facing the future needs of long term care.  This option allows homeowners to secure this FHA insured loan at the current interest rate, then only use the funds when needed – and the line of credit grows as the borrower ages.

Unlike a traditional loan or a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC), there are no loan or mortgage payments as long as the borrower lives in the home.   The line of credit comes due either when the last borrower permanently moves out or passes away, in which case the heirs or the estate could pay the loan back either through sale of the home or other means. Depending on how much of the line of credit has been tapped, this could result in significant equity left to heirs. If you never used the line of credit, the equity would still be in place and would pass to heirs along with the home.

Janis Layman is a Reverse Mortgage Specialist serving the Seattle, Lynnwood, Edmonds, and Shoreline areas of Washington.  Contact Janis and learn if reverse mortgage is right for you.

Is In-Home Senior Care Right For You?

Reverse Mortgage Seattle Lynnwood Edmonds Shoreline WashingtonIn today’s fast-paced society, seniors are more independent than ever before.  Many develop strong community ties, visit with nearby family frequently and even open their homes to out-of-state family, embrace a close circle of friends, and through options such as reverse mortgage, are able to stay in their homes comfortably for far longer than ever before.  But what happens when living at home alone becomes a concern for these seniors and/or their adult children?  In the past, it typically meant one of two things: move-in with family or move to a senior care facility.  Often times though, a move like this can be detrimental in itself.  In-home senior care may be all that is needed to alleviate concerns and keep everyone happy.

What is In-Home Senior Care?

In-Home Senior Care is an option where a caregiver visits the home during scheduled days/hours in order to attend to specific needs.  This offers peace of mind to both the family and the senior.  It also helps seniors continue to lead an independent lifestyle while still receiving the assistance needed, without burdening busy family members.  The care providers receive specialized training to ensure they are adequately equipped to care for seniors with varying needs.

What Types of Assistance Will In-Home Caregivers Offer?

The types of assistance that is offered by an in-home caregiver will vary based on both the needs and the care company, but most often include:

  • Safety supervision
  • Socialization
  • Transportation
  • Light housekeeping
  • Grocery shopping
  • Cooking
  • Running errands
  • Medication reminders
  • Walking assistance
  • Helping get dressed
  • Stand-by bathing/showering assistance
  • Grooming
  • Reading aloud from books, newspapers and magazines
  • Range of motion exercises
  • and lots more

Serving as a family caregiver for an aging loved one often is rewarding, yet involves sacrifice and stress.  It also frequently takes a financial toll on the caregiver with an estimated $5,500/year spent on out of pockets expenses, not to mention lost wages due to missed work.  Considering working with an in-home caregiver may be a better option all around.

Janis Layman is a Reverse Mortgage Specialist serving the Seattle, Lynnwood, Edmonds, and Shoreline areas of Washington.  Contact Janis and learn if reverse mortgage is right for you.