Families fight; it’s a fact of life. As parents age, families face many new decisions.Should Mom/Dad move to an assisted living facility? Should the family home be sold? Who should be in charge of finances, health care activities, day-to-day chores, companionship for parent? Do all siblings or other family members live close by? These are all dynamics that can create a logjam in decision making.
Conflicts over estate distributions invariably involve highly charged emotional situations. These conflicts can arise whether or not a Last Will and Testament exists. Unresolved disputes can take years to complete and involve costly attorney’s fees. Compromise and negotiation involve a willingness on the part of all parties to move off singular solution mindsets and finger-pointing. The emotions involved in protecting one’s perceived rights and interests can create a logjam in decision making.
Mediation creates a pathway to conversation and empowers family members to develop solutions that work best for them. Each person has a chance to express his or her concerns, questions and needs in an environment where both individual and collective ideas are presented, considered and valued. While there can be no guarantee of results, Mediation creates a spirit of compromise and negotiation that often leads to positive solutions for all involved.
You can expect to engage in a process guided by three key principles – self-determination, impartiality and confidentiality.
Contact Rebecca Zimmerman for a FREE 30 minute consultation explaining the Mediation process.
Contact Rebecca Zimmerman to schedule a program at your senior community or other organization to explain the value of Mediation to create solutions for immediate senior lifestyle choices.