Cathy Cress, author of Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Third Edition, looks deeper into GCM and the possible need for professional mediation:
Have you ever thrown up your hands with an aging, dysfunctional family and considered a mediator? Based on Stanford attorney and professional mediator, Dana Cutis’s breakthrough new chapter, “Mediation: The GCM as the Accidental Mediator” in the Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, 3rd edition, there are main factors that can be identified in determining whether a geriatric should to recommend the services of a professional mediator. These factors include: difficulty of the family, degree of emotional conflict, and complexity of the problem. Below are some early indicators that these factors weigh in favor of mediation in the earliest stage of GCM consultation:
- Family members are focusing on their own needs to the exclusion of their older family member’s needs, therefore requiring the GCM to be such a strong advocate for the older family member that the GCM cannot facilitate family meetings as a credible accidental mediator.
Geriatric Care Managers,
Check out this interesting blog post from Dana Curtus, contributing author to Cathy Cress’s Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Third Edition.
Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Third Edition now includes for the first time a chapter on mediation, titled Mediation and Geriatric Care Management. As the author who contributed this chapter, I am happy to post my first blog about mediation. It seems appropriate first to let you know a bit about myself. I am a full-time mediator and mediation trainer and happily have been for twenty years next month. In the past five or so years, I have increasingly devoted part of my practice to mediation of disputes involving elders and their families, or issues related to them. I am also a mother, a grandmother to four precious granddaughters (and another grandchild of unknown gender on the way). I have been a daughter and granddaughter, caring for and loving aging family members.
I have a warm place in my heart for Geriatric Care Managers (GCMs) and have worked with many GCMs as a teacher of mediation and as a mediator collaborating on cases. These relationships have served as powerful alliances, with GCMs allowing me to serve my clients in mediation more effectively and, I believe, assisting GCMs to be more effective in theirs.
Handbook of Geriatric Care Management,