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Many families struggle with how to address the needs of their parents and senior members. Discussions with regards to the care and well-being of the elder can become heated as old grievances surface and emotions flare.
Elder Mediation is a conflict resolution process that can assist elders and members of their families to develop outcomes that address the needs of everyone involved in the care of the elder. A professional mediator trained in issues that impact the elder can assist with the difficult discussion between family members and create an elder plan to move forward. The process is neutral, safe and confidential.
When a senior family member has difficulty with daily tasks and decision-making, many people assume it is time to appoint a Guardian for the Elder. This is not the only alternative. By identifying the areas in which the elder needs assistance, and deciding who may be the best person to offer support, many of these obstacles can be overcome by delegating tasks. An Elder Mediator can guide the discussion and assist in identifying resources that are available to the family.
For families with high levels of conflict, an Eldercaring Coordinator may be recommended to assist with resolving disputes outside of the legal system. When the emotions and family dynamics become prominent in decision-making for the elder, Eldercaring Coordination is an option that can be ordered by the court to facilitate communication. The focus of Eldercaring Coordination is the health, autonomy and safety of the elder. This process is put into place for a two year term to address recurring conflicts. If this sounds like a process that could be beneficial for you and your family, Kim Torres is qualified to serve as an Eldercaring Coordinator.
Eldercaring Coordination is governed by Florida Statute 44.407
Qualifications of Eldercaring Coordinator:
More families are turning to Elder Mediators for assistance in having the difficult and sometimes contentious discussion among family members and friends of the elder. A trained professional can provide a neutral atmosphere, in a safe environment for this personal and confidential discussion.