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Resolving disputes over the care of a loved one

On Behalf of | Dec 16, 2022 | Elder Law

It can be emotionally complex for family members to care for and support a loved one as they age or become incapacitated. Elderly and special needs individuals often have extensive medical requirements, and they may not be able to care for themselves. This often places a strain on relationships, especially if loved ones are at odds over the details of how to care for their loved one. This can lead to complicated disputes that may require certain types of intervention in order to come to a reasonable conclusion.

These types of disputes often happen between individuals who are caring for a parent, adult child or other loved one. There may not be a consensus on what someone needs to be safe and healthy, and these disputes can eventually disrupt the person’s care and peace of mind. After reaching a certain point, a dispute may require one or multiple types of intervention in order to end the ongoing contention and develop a care plan.

When preparation and cooperation don’t work

It’s difficult to watch a parent age, and it’s difficult for kids to find themselves in a position in which they have to provide care for someone who used to care for them. This is one reason why it is important for aging individuals to create their own plans, outlining their preferences for care and support. This can also encourage cooperation between siblings who will be providing care. However, if there is a dispute, the following are options for restoring peace in a Colorado family:

  • Counseling – Family counseling can help multiple family members who are at odds with each other to reach practical and sustainable conclusions regarding the care of their loved one.
  • Professional care manager – A professional with the experience and training necessary to evaluate the case can determine the most appropriate care strategy for an individual, helping a family make decisions.
  • Mediation – Mediators are neutral third parties who come in and help disputing parties reach beneficial conclusions. Mediation is a process where the end goal is a negotiated agreement of settlement.

You want what is best for your aging parent or special needs loved one. While it can be difficult to set aside the personal feelings that come with a dispute with family members, the ultimate goal is protecting the interests of a vulnerable individual. Any of the above options can help your family reach a sustainable legal solution that will ensure your loved one’s ongoing care and support.