Elder care issues and elder care decisions define the final chapter in the story of our lives. Elder Care Mediation offers an opportunity for family members to come together to make decisions about family relations, medical care, financial and estate planning, and the elder’s quality of life with a knowledgeable professional. Elder Care Mediation facilitates a conversation for the family to make difficult decisions together. Usually, the elder will be a part of the conversation so that his or her wishes are upheld in the decision-making process. A family will work collaboratively to decide a variety of things such as: legal power of attorney, last will, trusts, estates, living arrangements, healthcare, and many more. If a plan is developed early on, tough choices need not be made during a difficult time.
Elder Care Mediation is a better alternative to going to court. When a family chooses to go to court to settle disputes, the judge ultimately makes the decision. On the other hand, during the mediation process the family works together to resolve all issues surrounding the elder’s care ensuring a win-win for all individuals involved. Another important difference between going to court and mediation is the cost. Legal fees are far more expensive than the cost of mediation. The ultimate goal of elder care mediation is for the elder to feel as though he or she is finishing their story well. Through collaborative efforts among the mediator, the family, and the elder, this goal will be achieved.