Families often know how common it is for children in a transitioning family to be at the heart of family disputes, but it is just as common for elder adults to be the focus of major decisions. When family members find themselves in a position to determine the medical care and living arrangements for an older relative, arguments occur and hard feelings are the norm. There is a better way and it is possible to settle family disputes related to the care of an older loved one without destroying family ties. Mediation provides a civil, family-focused resolution to even the most complicated disputes over the care of a loved one.
In most cases, family members making decisions about elder care only want what is best for their loved one. Unfortunately, what one family member’s opinion about what is best might not be shared by other members of the family. A neutral, third party mediator is able to facilitate conversation and keep the process focused on the well-being of the elder loved one. In the end, family members remain in control of the resolution and are able to design it in a civilized, communication centered environment.