For many older Australians the years ahead with fewer responsibilities are seen as a time to enjoy life, perhaps travel, take up a hobby and spend more time with family and friends. However there are a growing number of seniors concerned about loss of independence and often wonder who will care for them if the time comes when they can no longer care for themselves.
There are things to consider such as:
Some people find it difficult to talk with their children about what might happen to them as they grow older. It’s important to have these conversations now, before an anything happens that you are not prepared for.
Setting up a family meeting with a mediator is a proactive way of planning for the future. Family members will have a chance to discuss things and decide on a workable solution that everyone can live with. The outcome of the meeting will also be documented so that everything is clear and recorded for future reference.
In situations where a parent suffers some sort of sickness or incapacity, children can immediately jump to conclusions of what is best for their parent without ever talking to their parent and finding out their wishes.
This is where a mediator can help. As a neutral person, they can facilitate the conversation between the children and their parents.
Mediators skilled in senior mediation can help in assisting parties to generate options for these and many other scenarios that can occur with parents or families. The mediation provides a model for future discussion between the families.
If you do nothing else let your wishes be known to your children about organ donation. Recording your decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register is voluntary and you have complete choice over which organs and/or tissue you wish to donate. Family consent is always needed before donation can go ahead, so remember to discuss your decision with your family and those close to you.