Elder Dispute Resolution

Elder Dispute Resolution (mediation) is a process that assists families to work through issues, make decisions and reach agreements about elderly parents/grandparents with the presence of a mediator.

The Process

The process for mediation begins with a pre-mediation session. Each party will have a one hour pre-mediation session with a mediator without the other party present. This session is confidential and nothing said in this session is communicated to the other party. It is simply an opportunity for the mediator to hear and understand your issues. Once both parties have attended a pre-mediation session, the mediator will either;

  • Schedule a 2 hour mediation where both parties attend. Mediations at Positive Solutions are conducted within a co-mediation model. This means that two mediators will assist you to work through your issues, explore options and reach agreements.


  • Deem the matter inappropriate for mediation and provide other options that are more suitable and potentially more effective.


The cost for Elder Dispute Resolution is $125 per hour, per client.

An application form can be completed by clients if they experience a genuine inability to pay. The General Manager will review the application and reduce or waive the fee depending on the individual circumstance of the application.

Issues that are suitable for Elder Mediation

  • Health and medical care decisions – who will look after Mum/Dad

  • Financial decisions – how will investments/wills be handled

  • Family communications – how are people coping since Dad or Mum died, or, why can’t we work together?

  • Living arrangements – when to move into assisted care

  • Support and assistance for care providers

To make an appointment to discuss with a Positive Solutions counsellor phone 1800 064 039 

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