How Reverse Mortgage can Ensure Financial Security

Financial security is a matter of great concern for elderly, especially in a bad economic environment. As the incomes dry due to physical inability of doing most of the professional work (not true in all cases though), Senior citizens generally worry about what would happen when they could not earn any income. How will their daily and health expenses will be met?

In most cases, elderly do not like to burden their children with their responsibility at this age and in many cases children too do not want to fulfil this responsibility. At this stage there are only a few options left for elderly – one of it is using their home equity to sustain their daily expenses and still live in their own home. Here is an example of how one elderly used reverse mortgage to ensure her financial security in times of crisis.

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Home Modification : Five Tips to Make Toilets Safe for Elderly

Elderly have specific requirements as far as toilets are concerned. An ideal toilet for them is the one which is built and design according to the physical needs and comfort. Some common and easy to apply tips to to ensure the toilets are safe and comfortable for elderly are provided here:

Toilets Seats for Elderly 
The height of normal toilet seat differs from individual to individual. It's quite easy for majority of persons to use the toilet of 18" heigh seat. Whereas, the same height of seat may create trouble for many especially if the person is elderly. There are some older people who need to sit in a squatting position, having their knees completely bent along their thighs. You can mount the toilets at relatively lesser height for this purpose. But such customization may be problematic for persons not able to sit and get up due to weakness. A design allowing rising the feet a bit can solve the problem. Permanent support like grab bars or corners of the tub are crucial to enable people to safely perform this independent shifting.

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Home Modification for Problems Associated with Ageing

After crossing the phase of youth and adulthood, all of us witness a slow decline in physical potential, stamina, flexibility, maneuvering, and tolerance. A number of conditions aid to this process of aging. There are so many physical inabilities and declinations that can pose problems in regular living.

Each one age differently, some may suffer vision and/or hearing impairment whereas others might suffer from diminished physical abilities. It is thus essential to modify house based on the special requirements of the elderly. Areas such as ramps, stairs, toilets, kitchens, etc. are frequently used and require modification so that can be accessed comfortably and safely.  Some of such physical declinations are explained below, along with recommendation that can enable boost physical and functional restrictions.

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Details of HECM : Reverse Mortgage Program

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) is the oldest and most popular reverse mortgage program. The program is run by Federal Housing Administration (FHA). In line with the goals of a reverse mortgage program, HECM lets a borrower borrow money using home equity. Details of borrower eligibility, property eligibility, basis of payments, payments options,

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How to Choose a Reverse Mortgage Lender

Once you have decided to go for reverse mortgage, choosing a professional and good reverse mortgage lender is equally important. There is a plethora of lenders selling reverse mortgage, mostly HECM. It is a two step process: 

  1. Identifying a list of potential lenders
  2. Zeroing down to the best

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Are you right customer for Reverse Mortgage : Find in 10 questions

Reverse Mortgage is very helpful in ensuring that elderly are able to meet their financial requirements easily. These can be because of Healthcare, financial security, or even leisure activities like touring around the world!

The process of reverse mortgage has also become safer and easier over the years. But even before you avail reverse mortgage, it is important for you to know whether you are indeed a right customer for reverse mortgage – as it is not for everyone.

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Home Modification: Adaptability and Accessibility for Elderly

Many home fixtures like grab bars, sinks and counters can be adjusted and reinstall given the less mobility and decreased accessibility of elders is considered to be adaptable fixtures. Adapting these to needs of elderly is the concept of adaptability. This process of installing adaptable fixture also avoids expensive reinstallation. For long time, such construction processes have been adopted so that it can be easily used by physically disable or elder people.

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Steps in Getting Reverse Mortgage

Getting reverse mortgage is an important decision to make. While reverse mortgage is very helpful in making sure elders live a comfortable life, it is equally important to be very cautious in availing reverse mortgage.

Some basic questions arise when someone starts thinking about reverse mortgage – How to get a reverse mortgage? what are the steps involved in the same? and many more. Some of the these questions are answered in the article.

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