What is Elder Mediation?
The objective of Elder Mediation is the reduction of stress between family members, or between a family and a medical provider, in a fair and open manner, while solving thorny problems.
We work with the older folks themselves where appropriate, their children and other relatives, care providers and their facilities. All voices will be heard.
Elder Mediation Is:
- Offers the chance for families to begin healing
The alternative may be litigation which is:
- Expensive, public, time consuming
- Tears families apart
- Unlikely to actually achieve your objectives
Elder Mediation Cases Involve
Decisions about health care, living arrangements, financial issues, asset preservation, mixed with entrenched family dynamics are often at the heart of elder mediation.
A Vulnerable Adult
The goal is to have the best possible outcome for the older citizen who is at the heart of this process.
Entrenched Family Dynamics
The family dynamic history can hinder discussion with a dominant party blocking other voices and ideas from being heard. Mediation provides a neutral environment where all voices will be heard.
Entangled Financial Issues
Conflicts between family expectations, ancient promises of inheritances, the actual needs of the older citizen, and the personal financial situations of the parties are all relevant to mapping the best course of action.
Multifaceted Legal and Regulatory Considerations
The mediator may point out when a proposed solution appears to be grossly unfair to one of the parties, or when a proposed solution may disqualify the elder person for future Medicaid benefits if long-term care becomes necessary.
Understanding Long Term Care, Financial Issues and Options
The mediator may help the parties understand, in a neutral way, the regulatory implications of proposed courses of action.
Understanding Independent Living, Assisted Living & Nursing Home Facilities
In some cases, it helps families to understand possible living arrangement options for aging parents from: aging in place at home, living with family, family living with mom or dad, independent living facilities, continuing care communities, assisted living choices and skilled nursing home care. Given the facts, the mediator may inject a dose of reality, in a neutral way, using the current facts and likely progression.