Issues suitable for Elder Mediation

Health care decisions

  • Level of care needed
  • Location of where care is to be provided
  • Who is to provide care?

Living arrangements

  • Where?
  • Safety
  • Costs
  • Support

Financial decisions

  • Paying for care
  • Preserving assets
  • Medicaid eligibility and related asset preservation concerns

Home Care

  • If a family member is to provide the care
    • Who is that family member?
    • How will s/he be compensated?
    • How will respite be provided for the family member?
  • Will a private caregiver be used, and if so, who will provide the compensation?
  • Will an agency be used, and if so, which agency and who will provide the compensation?
  • Financial considerations regarding home care
  • Safety in the home
  • Impact on potential future Medicaid eligibility for long term care
  • Who makes medical decisions and how are they to be made?
  • End of life issues
  • Who makes financial decisions and how are they to be made?
  • Autonomy concerns
  • Driving or stopping driving
  • Late life marriages
  • Competency issues and all forms of dementia
  • Guardianship matters
  • Estate planning
  • Undue influence
  • Probate and other after death estate administration issues
  • Family dynamics that cause differing opinions on any of the above issues
  • Issues in the criminal realm – abuse, theft, sequestering

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