After my beloved wife was diagnosed with early-onset dementia, we didn’t talk much, if at all, about the diagnosis. We didn’t have any useful information about the disease, and we didn’t know what to do next. It wasn’t until 10 months after the diagnosis that I finally joined a dementia support group to gain clarity about my role as a caregiver. Looking back, I realize how much easier life could have been if I’d received support around dementia care sooner.
So I understand that, when a loved one receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, the entire family system be significantly disrupted. Fear, anxiety, and confusion can rule the day.
I help caregivers and families navigate their initial steps after such a diagnosis. These interventions are held in a safe, confidential space where I help to:
- Normalize dementia-related fear and stress
- Provide a judgment-free space for families to talk openly
- Provide further resources and support for dementia care
- Guide a family through their next steps
- Teach families how to continue to engage in effective conversation
Elder Care Mediation
If there is intra-family conflict or an emerging dispute around the proper, appropriate care of a loved one with cognitive impairment, and the family is unable to work it out themselves, then mediation is an effective tool to help resolve the existent issues.
This is especially true in contested guardianship situations, where the intervention of a professionally trained elder care mediator can help the family and assorted professionals reach a suitable dementia care solution.