Elder Care Mediation

Elder care mediation often involves concerns related to the “Sandwich Generation” issues which involves taking care of your spouse, children, grandchildren, parents and other extended family members at the same time. Mediation creates a neutral forum where all parties involved can speak openly, truthfully and respectfully about their own busy lives and the fears and concerns of the aging process. When families members live a far distance from each other, mediation sessions are often held in person and in conjunction with telephone conferencing.

Conversations revolve around finding the best environment in which to care for your aging parent including what type of facility is needed or perhaps is living with a child an alternative. How will the expenses, visitation and daily responsibilities be shared and who will be the liaison between the doctors, facility and the family members. Developing a protocol as to how health care decisions will be made, planning funeral arrangements, discussing and making sure the proper medical documents are in order (power of attorney, healthcare proxies, living wills and DNR), and discussing the terms and conditions of a will. In addition, mediation sessions can help family members and friends discuss unresolved feelings, conflicts and perceptions.Elder care mediation can prepare family members for what to expect in the future and ease their concerns.By discussing these sensitive topics families are better able to cope with the changes and fears associated with aging.