Adult Care Mediation
Charlotte May

Elder Mediation

Elder mediation includes the mediation of disputes arising in the context of ageing.

Elder mediation often involves several family members and intergenerational dynamics. It can also involve third parties such as providers of health services, care and housing.

The need for elder mediation may be triggered when disputes arise as a result of life events or changes in circumstances of an older person such as: the death of a spouse, a decline in physical, mental or emotional health or financial concerns. It may involve family conflict, including a history of past emotional issues affecting relationships and individual perceptions of a matter.

It may be appropriate for support or resource persons to attend the mediation to provide the older adult with representation and support and make sure that their voice is heard.

Elder Mediation promotes respect and encourages parties to understand the other parties’s perspective on the issue. It may prevent further family tension, division, estrangement, or the need for litigation.

Examples of disputes that can be resolved by elder mediation include:

  • estate planning
  • powers of attorney
  • family carers
  • contact
  • financial issues
  • lifestyle choices
  • Independence and self-determination versus safety concerns
  • health and medical care
  • provision of care and accommodation
  • Improved communication among family members
  • Avoidance of unnecessary litigation
  • Respect fo the older person’s dignity
  • Creative and imaginative problem-solving
  • Plans and agreements made by those directly affected
  • Greater satisfaction with mediated outcomes than court imposed orders
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