Elder mediation makes it possible for all parties to to achieve a constructive, civil, meaningful, and acceptable agreement while ensuring that their loved one is prioritized.
What is Elder Care Mediation?
Elder care mediation is a supportive facilitative process (not a legal process) that provides a peaceful forum for families, health professionals, and/or medical care service providers to work together to create a thoughtful plan for the elder person. The confidential problem solving process allows the parties to share decision-making while creating workable and acceptable solutions to practical challenges and difficult disputes.
Families find elder care mediation appropriate and helpful in many situations including the following:
- An elderly parent or relative will not accept services because he/she doesn’t want “strangers” in the house
- Adult children disagree on whether the family home should be kept or sold
- Adult children of an elderly parent disagree on whether their parent should be cared for at home or in a skilled nursing facility
- One adult family member has Power of Attorney and the other siblings or family members disagree with the decisions being made
- The primary caregiver is resentful because other family members live out of town and are not able to consistently help with the elder’s care
- Family members disagree on whether it is appropriate for the elder to continue driving