"To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors." -- Tia Walker

Elder Care Mediation

When children become caretakers for their parents, the family dynamics change significantly. These changes can lead to conflict and strife among children and other family members who are tasked with planning for a loved-one’s future. Often, this conflict persists at the expense of the elderly parent or relative.

A mediator is a neutral third-party who can help families reach a consensus on many of the decisions regarding elder care. Mediation is a goal-focused process that can help family members communicate effectively, express their emotions in a safe space, and provide conflict-resolution tools for the future. Elder care mediation encourages families to focus on the best interests of the parent or loved-one while considering and evaluating options for future care.

Topics for mediation will be chosen by the family, but may include:

  • Living Arrangements
  • Medical Decisions
  • Financial Concerns
  • Trust and Estate Issues
  • Guardianship
  • Power of Attorney
  • Caregiving Decisions
  • Decisions Involving Abilities and Freedoms
  • End of Life Decisions

A mediator does not make decisions for the family, but rather helps family members evaluate their options and reach agreements on their own. Mediation helps to preserve relationships in the face of conflict, and provides family members with effective communication and conflict-resolution tools going forward.

Please contact me if you or your family believe that mediation is right for you.