We live in a world where mediation management usually goes beyond the issues of divorce or child custody. Just about any type of family dispute is going to require the work of a senior mediator, and it can happen just as much when dealing with our aging parents or other relatives. Once aging parents start developing health problems while living by themselves, considerable contention may start with the children about what the next move should be. When a parent wants to stay in their home despite those health issues, all the unneeded stress and arguing may require someone to mediate for a middle ground solution.
How can these scenarios work out so an aging parent has a better opportunity to stay living in their home?
Dealing with an Assessment of Health
When a mediator is brought in, a more productive conversation can take place between the relatives of the aging parents in the realities of the situation. It might involve having to call a senior care facility with health assessments to determine whether the parent should stay at home or not. In many cases, these care facilities offer in-home care that would provide a solution to make everyone happy. If there’s considerable resistance to even going near a care facility, the aging parent’s doctor should be called to give a thorough check of health.
Once there’s an undeniable record of the parent’s health, what happens if it’s determined they ultimately can’t live alone?
Finding a Care Facility Within Closer Proximity
A common middle ground solution in elder and family mediation services is finding a care facility that’s not far from the parent’s home. Senior care is usually diffuse in most towns and cities, even though more scrutiny has to be done to find one of quality. But finding a facility in a nearby neighborhood can still give the aging parent a feeling of home when in short distance to familiar people and places.
Mediation on Guardianship
Elder mediations can also be important when guardianships are taken into consideration with aging parents. These can be some of the most contentious situations of all next to dealing with selling a home and sharing the house’s contents with siblings. In many cases, the mediator will be able to negotiate to prove to the children that the parent isn’t so bad that they need a guardianship right away. A mediated solution to this can be intermittent in-home care for help with basic health tasks.
The Future of Elder Mediation
Mediation management with seniors is a growing career field that the National Care Planning Council says will increase in coming years. That’s because Baby Boomers are aging and will require more of a demand on senior medical care over the coming decades. With that, those born in the Generation X era from those Baby Boom parents will have to commune and work together to find smart solutions to how care is handled.
When so many people finding a sense of home much more comforting, hiring a mediator may be able to find a path toward staying there. It can perhaps change the perception that even small signs of aging requires a move to a care facility. With so many other options, finding ways to stay at home may become the standard to lessen the financial burden on national health care.