What is Elder Mediation & Family Caregiving?

Elder law is a diverse practice area that focuses on the needs of seniors and their families through life transitions. This includes long-term and advanced care planning (including long-term care insurance and Medicare planning), healthcare decision-making, financial and care arrangements, final estate planning arrangements, and end-of-life planning and decision-making.

An Elder Mediator often collaborates with elder law practitioners to assist families through long-term care planning by guiding the family and their support persons (including, for example, the family physician, care manager, and/or financial advisor) in arranging affordable and safe living arrangements for the older family member.

The attorney and mediator help the family select from a wide range of possible caregiving solutions, including in-home care, assisted living communities, and nursing facilities, and also facilitates structuring a care plan and other contracts and agreements, and payment methods. They work with the family and others in a collaborative approach to ensure the older family member’s needs and wishes are being met, and have the expertise to anticipate the family’s needs and refer the family to the appropriate resources and professionals. Where health concerns (including physical decline and mental decline) arise, for example, the attorney advises and offers referrals and resources to the family as to the appropriate type of assistance, such as a geriatric care manager. The attorney then works in partnership with the elder mediator, geriatric care manager, and other professionals to assist the family and facilitate resolutions for any issues that arise.

An Elder Mediator collaborates with the whole family unit to bring in resources and reach resolutions.

To learn more about elder law and/or family caregiving mediation, contact Sarah J. Gross at


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