Elder Transition Issues
Medical Treatment Options
Families can be undecided or at odds about the best medical care for their loved one. Mediation supports family decision making during this complex process and educates individuals about available choices.
When living at home is no longer an option for the elder, having family conversations about housing choices is critical. We facilitate discussions and present options, such as assisted living, nursing homes, senior housing, retirement communities and home care givers.
Long Term Care and Planning
Many options exist for long-term care and planning. The mediators experience with elders in transition enables us to help family members make choices that lead to optimal care for the elder.
Family members often experience “burnout” after long term caregiving of an elder. As mediators, we address this issue through meetings with family members and focusing on their own self-care. We fully support caregivers throughout the mediation process and address their needs as they arise.
End of Life Decision Making
A loved one’s end of life may come quickly or may come over a period of time: in either case, family decisions about what is best for the loved one and for the family as a whole can be difficult and potentially devisive. Although the family cannot control medical outcomes for the elder, it can come together and make the necessary medical, legal and practical decisions about issues such as palliative care and hospice, respite care, Administrators/Executors, Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, DNR & DNH instructions. As mediators, we can assist the family in negotiating these issues, which we know from our own experience, can be intellectually and emotionally difficult for all.