What is Elder Care Mediation?

Elder mediation is mediation of any conflict involving an elder, their family members or others in their lives, directly or indirectly. Elder mediation helps families to successfully grapple with issues such as:

  • Health/Medical Care Decisions. Who should provide the care? What care is needed? Who should make medical decisions?
  • Financial Decisions. How should money be spent? How should investments be handled? Concerns over "unwise spending", etc.
  • Living Arrangements. Where? With whom? Who decides? How much independence/supervision?
  • Communication Issues. What information is needed or missing? How to share information with those who need it?
  • Family Relationship Issues. (New and long-standing.) How should the family deal with sibling rivalries, new spouse or companion, death of spouse/caregiver, other changes in relationships?
  • Decision Making. Who should have authority to make decisions? What input (if any) should others have?
  • Respite Care and Support for Caregivers.
  • Personal, Household Care and Maintenance. Identify caregivers/service provider. What type of care/service is needed?
  • Safety/Risk-Taking/Autonomy. What safety issues are identified? Is the level of risk understood and acceptable? Should autonomy be limited?
  • Needs of Other Family-Members/Caregivers. Dependent children. Grandparents caring for grandchildren. Career demands. Reimbursement for services. Visitation issues.
  • Less Restrictive Alternatives to Guardianship. What alternatives exist? Who should be guardian if one is needed?
  • Estate Planning and Probate Matters
  • End-of-Life Decisions