Eldercaring Coordination is a dispute resolution process specifically created for families experiencing conflict regarding the care, autonomy and safety of older adults.
How does it work?
The Eldercaring Coordination 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.
Families acquire the tools they need to communicate more effectively, reinforce the elder's 'voice', and embrace their individual strengths.
Eldercaring Coordination suits families who are experiencing high conflict, where conventional mediation may not be appropriate, and where a long-term, highly practical model of support is required.
Eldercaring Coordinators can help:
- manage high conflict family dynamics
- support the ageing person's self-determination
- promote safety by monitoring at-risk situations
- develop a support system for the aging person and family.
If you or someone you know may be interested in participating in the South Australian Eldercaring Coordination pilot, visit the Relationships Australia website.
About the pilot project
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.
It has been a two-year process of aligning the model with our South Australian services and legislation, and the pilot has now begun.
The pilot will help South Australia (and Australia more broadly) to understand how this unique dispute resolution model might fit with our existing frameworks in the Elder mediation space.
More information about the founders and examples of Eldercaring Coordination can be found on their website.