Experienced Family and Elder Mediation Attorneys in NJ and NY
Elder Mediation is a mediation of any conflict involving an “elder”, either directly or indirectly. It provides a neutral and safe environment to help elders and those in their lives make difficult decisions affecting the elder’s care, including finances, health or quality of life.
For example, you and your siblings are unable to decide on the level or type of care for an elderly parent and need help reaching an agreement. Or maybe you believe your parent should be in a nursing home, and he or she is resistant. Or maybe you have financial or even safety concerns relating to an elderly relative, and decisions need to be made. Elder Mediation can facilitate a balanced, safe family conversation at any stage as a parent or other ages and decisions need to be made.
Elder Participation is Key
A key component of Elder Mediation is that the elder participates, either personally or through a representative, allowing him or her to have a voice in decisions that affect his or her quality of life and preserving to the fullest extent possible a level of dignity and autonomy for the elder. Elder Mediation values not only the participation of the elder but also the participation of anyone who may need a voice in the decisions on the table. Elder Mediation seeks to give each person the opportunity to be fully heard and understood and provides the environment for all parties to be creative in developing an individualized plan for their unique situation.
Resolve Family Disputes
Many Elder Mediations will touch on long-standing family issues and tensions. The opportunity to voice complaints, receive an apology, and better understand specific behaviors can help participants let go of resentments or other emotional baggage and redirect their focus toward resolution. Elder Mediation carries the potential to improve communication and to preserve or restore relationships, all while making the best plan possible for an aging parent or relative.
Some challenges associated with aging where Elder Mediation can help:
- Mental & Physical Effects of Aging
- Maintaining Independence
- Coping with Loss
- Caregiving and Aging Families
- Long Term Care Options for Elders Legal Planning
- Planning for Financial Management
- Medical Decision Making
- Long Term Care Costs, and Options for Paying for Care
- Asset Protection
- Guardianship and Alternatives
As families face issues related to aging, they often grapple with important decisions about a range of topics such as living arrangements, care giving, driving, family communication, medical care, Powers of Attorney/Health Care Proxies/Guardianship/Conservatorship, financial planning, estate planning, family real estate, and personal property distribution. Conversations around these issues can be emotionally charged and complex. Providing a safe space and third-party neutral in mediation can help a family figure things out together.