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Reverse mortgages, also known as 'equity unlock loans' are equity release loans designed for older borrowers including those entering aged care, who are 'asset rich' but 'cash poor'. They enable the borrower to access the equity in their home. The borrowed funds can generally be taken out as a lump sum, a regular income stream or a combination of both.
Prior to 1 July 2014 Residential Aged Care was categorised into three types; Low Care, High Care and Extra Services. A different financial arrangement applied to each and while some facilities offered only one type of care others had more than one — and perhaps all 3 — in the same facility.