Is your family in conflict over decisions concerning your aging parents?
Conflicts, difficulties, and indecision often arise between elder adults and their
children, or among the adult children caring for elderly parents. It is frequently difficult for the family to reach
agreement on many decisions concerning aging parental care issues. ELDER MEDIATION provides a comfortable, safe and
neutral setting for discussion and agreement. Elder Mediators can guide the family discussions to help all the parties
involved plan for how best to deal with the many issues that may exist or arise, including:
& medical care decisions
- Financial decisions
- Living arrangements
- Communication issues
- Personal and household care & maintenance
- Safety and autonomy
- Family relationships
- Lifestyle choices
- Needs of every family member
- End of life decisions
Many families find it difficult to solve, or even address, elder
care issues on their own. Too often, the family ignores the situation as solutions seem impossible. ELDER MEDIATION
(also known as "Elder Care Mediation") provides the assistance and structure for successful resolutions to
difficult family situations. Through this process, both the adult children and the aging parent can voice their feelings
and concerns. Then, the family can focus on problem-solving and working together to develop strategies to address those
needs and concerns. Any decisions reached must be agreeable to all involved, which means they can become acceptable
and long-lasting solutions.
An Elder Mediator:
- is neutral
in all discussions and decision-making
- is trained in the resolution of eldercare issues
- helps the family establish a framework for effective communication
- listens closely
and helps the family identify and clarify issues
- allows every family member to be heard
- does not "take sides"
- promotes the family relationships
- helps the family create their own long-term agreements
ELDER MEDIATION ....
is confidential and cooperative. Taking elder care issues
to Court is not.
decrease stress associated with eldercare decisions.
supports collaboration among all involved in eldercare decisions - family, caregivers
is a cost-effective
alternative to litigation.
understanding between older adults and the people involved in their care.
preserves family relationships.
you are interested in elder mediation services, ask your mediator about their training and experience in this specialized
practice. Mark has trained in Elder Mediation in Boca Raton, Florida, and in Advanced Elder Mediation in Houston, Texas.
He has conducted many successful elder mediation sessions.