Over the last two years, the OPA has been involved in a project to bring Eldercaring Coordination to South Australia.
Eldercaring Coordination is a dispute resolution process specifically created for families experiencing conflict regarding the care, autonomy and safety of older adults.
Families acquire the tools they need to communicate more effectively, reinforce the elder's 'voice', and embrace their individual strengths.
The Eldercaring Coodination process helps the family become more focused on how they can meet the needs of their elder, and less focused on other relational, financial and legal issues.
The Office of the Public Advocate has been working with Relationships Australia (RASA), the University of South Australia and the Association for Conflict Resolution in the US to bring Eldercaring Coordination to South Australia.