Caring for the elderly is tough work in the best of families. Even good people with the best of intentions who are trying to be helpful, can cause friction. When age old family dynamics are interwoven with different opinions of the best care for Mom or Dad, things can get nasty. Sadly, divisions in the family may harden and the elderly are at risk of abuse.
Elder Mediation helps the elder and their family make decisions and resolve disputes such as acute and long term care issues, family issues, adult guardianship, end of life decisions, estate matters, and more. Mediation is an opportunity to discuss matters and create resolutions that work.
What you will learn:
• The choreography of multi-party mediation: a distinctive process
• Pre-mediation phase, including screening for abuse and neglect
• The impact of aging on individuals and family members
• Determination of who needs to attend with accommodations for different abilities and geographical distance. Including the voice of the elderly
• It takes a village: The role of other professionals and community resources
• Elder law: Probate, wills and advance directives, power of attorney, adult guardianship and conservatorship, loss of rights and benefits
• Medical concerns: Common diagnoses and medication impact on capacity
• Financial security: Medicare, Medicaid, asset protection, trusts and scams
• "Mom loved you best" and other family dynamics
• Managing bias in mediation: ageism, disabilities, cultural
• Designing programs / marketing a practice
• Ethical issues and professional boundaries
These learning objectives meet the core competencies for Elder Mediation.
Benefits and Learning Outcomes
- Gain knowledge of the phychosocial and physical effects of aging and how to accomodate those changes to maximize participation in the mediation process for an older person and other participants
- Understand and be alert to factors affecting capacity to mediate and their effect on a safe and fair mediation process
- Examine a variety of situations where there are competing ethical values and weigh the benefits and risks of continuing or halting the mediation process