Lifetime mortgages are loans secured against the value of your property. Available to homeowners aged 55 or over, these mortgages let you borrow money at a relatively high interest rate, and the money does not need to be repaid until you go into residential care or die. At this point, the full capital is repaid, along with any interest.
The interest is compounded, which means it grows quickly, but you can choose a plan that allows you to pay it off each month. The best plans have a no negative equity guarantee, which means the debt will be capped at the value of the property. With a lifetime mortgage, you still own your entire home.