Elder Mediation can be a useful tool as people age because we often need to play a more active role in their decision making. Sometimes that includes placing their well-being in the hands of full-time carers.
But different people will always have different ideas on the right thing to do. And, occasionally, a health professional doesn’t give the person we love the level of care they deserve.
How mediation can help
Mediation is a confidential process that is facilitated by an independent and qualified mediator. The focus is never on who’s right or wrong but on discussing all issues with the aim of reaching a mutually acceptable solution based on the facts.
By taking advantage of mediation early on in the decision making process you can help improve and preserve relationships and have plans in place for dealing with any future conflict that might arise.
When does mediation work?
Mediation is a great tool for resolving so many situations involving older people. These include:
• Decisions about medical and health care
• Resolving disputes with aged care service providers
• Sorting out exactly who will make decisions for an ageing person
• Managing someone’s finances when they are no longer able to do so
• Deciding whether to sell the family home
• Working out the best living arrangements
• Reaching an agreement on estate planning and inheritance.
Our Accredited Specialist Natalie Darcy
Our Accredited Specialist Natalie Darcy has over 14 years of experience in advising clients in the preparation of their estate planning documents, including Wills, Appointments of Enduring Guardian and Enduring Powers of Attorney.
If you would like more information on how mediation can assist you in your particular situation, contact our experienced Elder Law team on 02 4929 3995 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that information contained in this article is of a general nature – it is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity.