New challenges emerge as loved ones age. Almost eighty-million Americans born between the years 1946 to 1964 are turning 60 or more years old. Aging parents often depend on significant levels of physical, emotional, and financial support from their adult children as well as continuing respect and dignity owed to them as parents. The most difficult situations arise when sibling adult children disagree about decisions regarding their parents’ competence, care, and financial disposition.

In addition to each family’s established history of interpersonal relationships between parents, children, and siblings, the added stress of deteriorating parental health and finances causes new problems while reigniting old conflicts and behavior patterns. A neutral third party can help families identify and acknowledge counterproductive behaviors so that elderly parents and their adult children can solve problems while maintaining the parent’s dignity and freedom to choose whenever possible. Mediators assist siblings and their aging parents to communicate more openly and directly as the family develops a strategy and detailed plan for the elderly parent’s unique set of healthcare and financial circumstances. First and foremost, mediators are trained to help the entire family to work together and find satisfactory solutions
while preserving the dignity of the elder parent. As agreements emerge, family members improve communication skills that lay the groundwork for cooperatively resolving future issues. The standard Northwest Mediation & Custody Evaluation fee schedule applies to eldercare mediations.

Elder care mediation can be comprehensive or focused on any number of typical issues for the aging:
  • Estate planning
  • Estate conflicts
  • Trusts and inheritance
  • Future health and personal care
  • Health care proxies and power of attorney
  • End-of-life decisions
  • Bill paying, home upkeep and repair, financial planning
  • Shared caretaking schedules and responsibilities among siblings
  • Assisted living and nursing homes
  • Medical care decisions
  • Housing transitions and living arrangements
  • Decision-making authority
  • Guardianship/Conservatorship
  • Communication, family dynamics, and personal dignity for the aging parent

Northwest Mediation & Custody Evaluation Services staff are fully trained neutrals
as defined under Minnesota General Rules of Practice Rule 114,
and proud members of the

NWM&CES is a member of the AFCC