What is Elder Care and Adult Mediation?
Mediation is a structured, although informal process where the mediator, a neutral trained professional, helps the parties involved identify and discuss issues of mutual concern. The process is confidential and voluntary. When necessary, the parties might request the professional services of accountants, financial planners, geriatric social workers, religious leaders, and lawyers. These professional advisors often include care givers, such as nursing home administrators, physicians, and nurses, in addition to the elder and otehr interested family members.
Why choose mediation?
Family dynamics are complicated. They have taken years to evolve and they are further compounded by the transitions inherent in the changing lifestyle, relationships and needs of an elder. Family disputes that have been simmering for years often can obscure the best intentions of all involved. Mediation enables proactive families to have good discussions and opportunities to resolve conflict that potentially could tear them apart financially and emotionally. In mediated family meetings, everyone has the opportunity to privately explore the needs and feelings of all involved and to deal rationally with the problems and issues under discussion outside of a courtroom. The family knows what is best for them and mediation gives them the vehicle to make their own best decisions.
Who is the mediator?
Barbara Manousso, Ph.D.(ABD), M.P.H. has been mediating elder care issues for over ten years. She has been a professional mediator since 1993 and has earned the Credentialed Distinguished from the Texas Certified Mediators Association. She is an international trainer and popular lecturer on elder issues. Her articles have appeared in professional journals. She is also a National Certified Guardian and Texas Certified Guardian.
Mediations are held at her Houston facility in Uptown, at nursing facilities, and parties’ homes, where ever it is convenient for the senior to participate.
We also have a wonderful panel of mediators to choose from. Their bios and rates will be coming soon. In the meantime, Barbara Manousso will help you match your motivation and budget with our team.
How are mediated agreements made?
Mediated agreements are the result of shared decision-making by the family for the family. With the help of a trained mediator, the process is cooperative, not adversarial, and leaves all decision making in the hands of the participants.
When is mediation appropriate?
Mediation is an appropriate forum for resolving any conflict where the parties involved participate voluntarily in the confidential process and are motivated to develop an agreement that improves their situation.
Is mediation right for your family?
If you are grappling with issues related to an elder’s financial responsibilities, capacity to make important decisions, or arrangements regarding daily living and assistance needs, mediation probably is the right road for you. Mediation lets you design realistic, workable solutions that preserve family relationships and emotional health.
If you, or someone you know, could benefit from structured assistance in family decision making, contact Manousso Mediation at (713)840-0828. We will discuss your situation with you to understand the scope of the issues and the other parties whom you think should be involved. Following this, the other identified parties will be contacted for some further discussion, basic information gathering, and scheduling of the mediation process.
We recommend beginning the mediation process before a crisis occurs to ensure that thoughtful well-considered strategies for dealing with life transitions are put in place. Mediation can strengthen family ties and enable all family members to deal with the changing nature of their relationships in a way that provides peace of mind and leaves
them with no regrets in the future.
Mediation is very cost effective if it saves the filing of lawsuit. It not only saves money, but it saves time. Court proceedings can take years to get resolved. A mediation can be held within a few days, sometimes hours, depending on the urgency of the situation. In most cases, the parties divide the hourly cost among themselves. Sometimes, one family member handles the whole payment.
People ask, what will this cost. The real question is what will the cost be if you don’t do mediation! Ans: It all depends on the motivation of the parties to participate in good faith.