ELDER LEGACY SERVICES
Since 1972, we have helped elders and adults with disabilities live with dignity and independence in the residential settings of their choice. Our Family also offers services that help elders discuss end-of life issues and prepare for the challenges they face as they age.
Elder Circles are discussion groups that meet once per month to discuss important topics that cultivate the value of Elders as mentors and wise counsel in our community. Our skilled and compassionate facilitators create a safe and respectful place to share our stories, learn from each other and gain a renewed sense of our contributions to others. We have Elder Circles in Oro Valley, Tucson and Green Valley.
Elder Circles are open to anyone who desires to join in the adventure of aging consciously and to find joy in continuously learning and giving to their community. Please share with your friends, family and colleagues.
Mutual discomfort with the troubling realities of aging can keep families from communicating. They are often unprepared for the emotions and disagreements that surface during difficult but important conversations about guardianship, financial planning, health care and end-of-life decisions. These disagreements can stand in the way of good decision-making about the care and well-being of an older person.
In mediation, families make decisions for themselves. It helps families preserve their relationships, which could be damaged if their dispute went unresolved or they ended up in court. Early mediation of conflicts between family, caregivers, health care providers and housing facilities can prevent hurt feelings, reduce stress, and help everyone work as a team.
Here are just a few of the eldercare issues that benefit from mediation:
- Disagreements over where the older person should live
- Resistance to moving or giving up decision-making authority
- Conflict when different generations are living under the same roof
- Disagreements about use of funds or disposition of property
- Conflict over who is caring for the parent, how much, and how well
- Disagreement whether an aging person is losing his ability to manage his affairs or his money, live alone safely, or drive a car
- Conflicts with facility over patient/resident care
- Family disagreements on who will have financial or health-care power of attorney
What does it cost?
Eldercare Mediation is $250 (up to 3 hours, which includes information-gathering and the mediation session itself.) Follow-up sessions or phone coaching are an additional $75/hour.
Mediations can be conducted at a location of your choice — at home, in our offices, or in care facilities. Out-of-town family members may participate via conference call.
If mediation is deemed appropriate, you will be asked for a nonrefundable $50 deposit. Our staff will then gather information from you and secure agreement from everyone who will be participating before setting up a time and place for the mediation. Final payment is expected before the mediation.
Success of mediation depends on you coming prepared with good, current information upon which to make decisions. Before the mediation, you will be given a checklist of things to think about or options to research. These issues might include: available care options, what kind of care facilities you can afford, knowing who has power of attorney or guardianship, content of wills and advanced health care directives, etc. Our Family can provide links to assistance with some of these questions (such as housing placement options), but we do not provide legal or financial advice. Mediation can usually be scheduled within two weeks of your initial call.