Mediation is the only choice for many dysfunctional aging families. Here is an example of an elderly father, Steve who has been moved back and forth by his warring adult children First he was in the son Sam’s home and suspecting poor care daughter Suzi moved him to her home. Then she felt she could not cope she placed her Dad in a nursing home. Here is what happened next.
Sam became increasingly worried about Steve’s health and happiness, as well as Suzi’s possible exploitation, if not financial abuse. On impulse, toward the end of Steve’s first week in the convalescent home, Sam drove to Utah and, without going through the facility’s discharge procedures, packed his father up and transported him home to San Francisco. In the rush to leave, Sam forgot Steve’s medications. When the staff discovered Steve was missing, they called Suzi and reported the potential elder abuse incident to Adult Protective Services (APS). Once APS came on the scene, what once appeared to be a straightforward, practical question of where Steve should live have expanded into the following series of legal and medical issues:
- Did Suzi kidnap Steve?
- Did Sam kidnap Steve?
- Did Sam neglect Steve, and was he guilty of elder abuse?
- Was Suzi guilty of financial elder abuse?
- Did Steve lack the mental capacity to make decisions about his care?
- Did he lack the mental capacity to make decisions about his finances and property?
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Find out more from Handbook of Geriatric Care Management 4th edition chapter Mediation and Geriatric Care Management Dana Curtis Esq. Elder Mediator