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Elder Mediation

What is Elder Mediation?

Elder Mediation involves mediators who specialise in resolving issues faced by seniors in areas such as retirement living, estates, families and substitute decision-making.  Their expert knowledge of social gerontology helps family discussions about the senior family member’s safety, financial affairs and capabilities, in accordance with the elder’s rights and needs.  

Our needs and roles change as we grow older

The needs of ageing family members change over time, at times bringing on functional and emotional tensions within families. Some problems are not capable of being sorted out by their social care workers, doctors or lawyers alone.

Elder Mediation provides an opportunity for the elder and all concerned members of their family to create a thoughtful plan for a supportive future.

Family dynamics may become complicated

As we age, family dynamics may become more entrenched and complicated. As a young family, Mum and Dad were in control. In time, children become parents and grandparents themselves, and their sense of place within their first family changes.

Conflicts existing just below the surface may make important family conversations difficult. Siblings, dealing with differences in their own geographic, economic and immediate family structures, may find it challenging to work together to help their senior parents. At times thoughtful decision-making might seem impossible.

Caregiving by a family member may lead to burnout. Difficult conversations are often needed between the caregiver and the care receiver, and with others in the family. Medical and financial concerns may cause family members to express a variety of diverse views. Greater geographical distances between siblings may unintentionally cause relationships to deteriorate. Family members often want to share their responsibilities and resources, but in ways that are perceived as fair by all of them.

How can we help you?

As mediators who are trained in elder issues, Catherine Henry Lawyers can facilitate family discussions about the senior family member’s safety, financial affairs and capabilities, while keeping in mind their wishes and needs.

Who are clients in Elder Mediation?

The senior family member’s adult children, grandchildren or other family members may contact us first. Although initially we may only hear from one family member, it is not who contacts us first but who takes part in the mediation that is important. All stakeholders should be invited to take part, as most of the key family members are needed if any decision is going to be accepted. This may include the senior family member, but they may also choose to leave some decision-making to others.

Why Catherine Henry Lawyers Elder Mediation service is special?

Our Elder Law solicitor mediators are experienced in family and civil mediation models and have a broad understanding of social issues affecting seniors. We can help facilitate family discussions about matters relating to a senior family member’s safety, finances and capabilities, while keeping in mind their need for independence, respect and control.

Through our in-depth training, Catherine Henry Lawyers tailor the mediation process to suit family members who live either close to one another or many kilometres apart.

Specialised assistance

We might also recommend the involvement of a specialist solicitor from our Elder Law practice, a private social worker specialising in elder care, or a financial planner.

How to start?

You are welcome to call us for a confidential chat. Or simply complete our confidential online enquiry form.


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