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Marty Chadwick Elder MediationElder Mediation

We help adult families.  Also, in residences or businesses that support elders, we train the organizational staff to better manage conflict and to communicate more effectively.  Through better understanding, family members and support staff can achieve more beneficial results for the elder loved ones.

Stressed by constant family bickering?

Does it seem like nobody listens to your concerns?

When critical decisions need to be made concerning an elder member, elders and adult children often experience difficulties in arriving at agreements that are satisfactory to all involved.  Emotional stress and time pressure can be overwhelming, resulting in poor communications among family members and a senior.  This situation may jeopardize the well-being of the loved ones who need help; exactly what you want to avoid.

Mediation Path will help you

  • achieve better communications with family members…
  • with better family understanding and decision-making…

Marty, a professional elder mediator based in Chandler, AZ, understands the challenges you are facing, and will listen carefully to all points of view so he can help clarify and facilitate respectful decision-making.  The elder mediation process allows each member a fair opportunity to be heard, and Marty will assist in the communication among family members to resolve conflict and ensure that consensual decisions can be made. Potential concerns you may have include:

  • Residence options
  • Issues related to driving
  • Family member roles & contributions
  • Caregiver burnout
  • Court guardianships
  • Estate & Trust matters
  • Family communications
  • Family decision-making
  • Medical care and treatment choices
  • Legal matters
  • Anticipation and planning for issues to avoid future crises

Don’t wait for a crisis to occur – bolster family ties now!

By starting mediation before a crisis occurs, family members have the opportunity to better communicate, strengthen family ties, and be better prepared to work together to make decisions when a crisis does occur.

Marty speaks about conflict and communication:

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Marty speaks about his services and how he can help you:

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Mediation FAQs

Why choose mediation?

Because mediation works. Nationally, people in mediation reach agreements 80-90+% of the time.

Benefits of mediation:

  • You and your family will work cooperatively, avoiding a lengthy battle.
  • You create your own agreement, which research shows people are most likely to uphold.
  • Privacy and confidentiality are highly guarded throughout the process.
  • Because mediation is focused on the future, it is solution-oriented.
  • You and your family design a plan that works for the changing family.
  • You set the pace, avoiding delays and high-pressure deadlines.
  • You will most likely save time and money over other choices.
  • You get your “day in court,” a chance to be heard in a private and non-threatening environment.

How does it work?

The mediator will sit down with you and your family and listen to your respective concerns and needs. That open exchange of information frees up everyone to negotiate with each other in confidence. Because everyone is working with the same information at the same time, it usually takes far less time to negotiate a resolution that makes sense to everyone.  With the help of the mediator, you reach agreements that will help the family transition to new relationships together.

What if we change our minds about mediation?

Mediation is voluntary.  You will never be under pressure from the mediator to continue the process if anyone is uncomfortable with moving forward.  Anyone can withdraw from mediation at any time, for any reason.

Typical questions for consideration in decision-making are:

Health and Medical Care:

  • Who is the point person for medical care?  How will you communicate with each other concerning decision-making?
  • Are you in agreement as to how to choose doctors, nursing care, hospital care?
  • Can you anticipate, identify options, and plan for needs in the future?
  • What relief and support is there for the family caretaker who may experience overwhelming stress?

Residence:

  • What are special needs?  Including personal care, laundry, cleaning, etc.
  • Does person need to move, or can changes in the current residence be made to suit the needs?
  • How will decisions be made concerning a move or altering the current residence?
  • How often will someone from the family visit (or provide ‘outings’)?

Family Member Roles:

To specify clearly who is responsible for what and when is important so that misunderstandings can be avoided.  Creating effective, respectful communication paths when issues arise, so that everyone that is interested can participate in the decision-making process, is of great value.  Do you have a plan for when disagreements are not resolved in a timely manner?

Financial Matters:

Who is the point person for financial issues?   Issues can include real estate property, personal property, bank accounts, brokerage accounts, insurance, trusts and estate planning, and other bill payments and debt responsibilities, including purchasing needs for the elder family member.

Legal Matters:

  • Are important documents current?  These often would include a Will, Advanced Medical Directive, Healthcare Power of Attorney, and Durable Power of Attorney.
  • Do you know how to avoid guardianships?

Professional Elder Mediation Service in Chandler & Gilbert or Mesa, AZ

Providing skilled elder mediation in Chandler, AZ

All mediations are designed to fit your situation.  We also service Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, and the Southeast Valley.  Accepting MasterCard, Visa and Discover Card.

Need a good elder mediator? Call Mediation Path.