Are relationships in your family becoming strained over decisions related to aging?


We get it.  

Conversations can be challenging even when everyone is on the same page. But when everyone has different ideas about “what is best” or “what is fair” – talking together can feel overwhelming.

That’s where we can help.  We make hard conversations easier.TM

We have decades of experience helping families address issues together in a way that gives everyone a voice in the process.

 

What do families discuss in mediation?

Each family’s needs are different, but common topics include:

  • Future living arrangements
  • Including the voice of the elder
  • Family communication
  • Decision making processes
  • Roles and responsibilities of family members
  • Finances (including paying for care)
  • Caregiving
  • Independence and safety
  • Driving and transportation
  • Estate planning and inheritance
  • Family heirlooms
  • The family home or vacation home

Elder Decisions® mediators help you create your own workable solutions to achieve smooth transitions for your family.

While mediation can help at any stage of family conversations, clients often say they wish they had known about it earlier and started sooner.

Mediation can be especially helpful for proactive conversations, before a crisis occurs.  

Facilitated family meetings can help families develop thoughtful, well-considered strategies for dealing with life transitions, offering more options and preserving relationships.

If you or someone you know could benefit from structured help with family communication and decision making, contact Elder Decisions® at 617-621-7009.

One of our mediators will discuss your situation with you to understand the scope of the issues, and to hear who you think should be involved. We offer a complimentary consultation to explore whether mediation or conflict coaching may be a good fit.

To learn more, call us at (617) 621-7009 or use the link below to schedule a complimentary consultation.

If you and your family decide to go forward with mediation, we’ll start by meeting with each participant privately, first, before a family meeting. This will be an opportunity to hear each person’s perspective, goals, and the topics they wish to discuss.

These individual meetings help everyone prepare for a productive family meeting.

Then we’ll schedule a meeting together, at a mutually convenient time and place.

Where do we hold these family meetings?

We’ll work with you all to determine the best location for your family – taking into account what will feel comfortable for all participants and what will enable people to more fully participate.

Sometimes we meet in-person (at our office, a family member’s home, or at another location that is comfortable for all participants), and sometimes we meet online via Zoom.  Even “hybrid” options can work well – combining in-person and online participation.

Once you and your family have met together and reached some common ground, we can help you document your decisions and next steps.

 

To learn more, call us at (617) 621-7009 or use the link below to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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