Many families struggle with decisions surrounding the care of aging relatives. Adult children may feel their parent(s) should be in an assisted living facility (ALF) or nursing home, while the parent(s) in question want nothing to do with it. Or, the care of a spouse/partner is getting to be too much for the caregiving spouse/partner and the person requiring the care may feel abandoned by the suggestion of a different arrangement.
Difficult conversations about changing care needs, aging-related or health-related adjustments to housing arrangements, expectations around caregiving and the needs of both caregivers and care-receivers require a thoughtful and respectful approach.
With an unlimited range of configurations of (medical, financial, social, legal) considerations, values, needs, and family dynamics, coming to a consensus about the best solution(s) can be an overwhelming task for many families. Family members going through this process report feeling confused, stressed, angry, fearful, conflicted, stuck, at the end of their rope.
A specialist in guiding these conversations -and inevitably- negotiations, through a process called Eldercare mediation, can help maintain or restore harmonious relationships while providing the clarity required to achieve the best solutions for our loved-ones.