Elder Mediation Can Help In Situations Like That Portrayed In Brendan Courtney’s Documentary


Elder Mediation Can Help In Situations Like That Portrayed In Brendan Courtney’s Documentary
Elder Mediation – facilitating older people and their families to have important conversations and to make decisions that reflect the needs of all, with an emphasis on the quality of life of the older person 

Wednesday, 18th January 2017:
Brendan Courtney's documentary broadcast on RTÉ television on 16th January, “We Need To Talk About Dad”, showed his family's struggles to get the right care for his father Frank, who was left paralysed by a stroke 18 months ago.

 “This is a story that many, many people in Ireland can relate to. Deciding on the best and most appropriate care setting for a loved one can be a very challenging time for families,” commented Seosamh Ó Maolalaí, MII Elder Mediation Liaison, “One of the biggest challenges is getting agreement among family members, including the older person concerned, on the best and most appropriate type of care for the person who needs it.  Having these difficult conversations is always challenging.  And this is where mediation can be of huge assistance and support”.


Further Information
The MII can arrange to have an experienced elder mediator to talk to journalists and media about elder mediation. Contact our office 01 6099190 or Stiofán Nutty, MII PR 087 6175488, to arrange.
Further information on elder mediation is available on the MII website at http://www.themii.ie/about-mediation/sectors/elder-mediation

About The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland
The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland is the professional association for Mediators in Ireland  Among its over 700 members are many mediators who specialise in elder mediation. It is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to promote the use of quality mediation by ensuring the highest standards of education, training, professional practice and regulation. 
The Mediators' Institute of Ireland is a company limited by guarantee and registered in Dublin, Ireland.
Its registration number is 418250.
Registered Office:            Unit 2.1, The Distillers Building, Smithfield, Dublin 7, Ireland.
Registered Charity:          CHY16996.
About Mediation
Mediation is a voluntary process of conflict prevention and resolution that allows the parties an opportunity to address their issues in a confidential, private, and safe environment.  Mediators are trained in conflict resolution skills and techniques and have the expertise needed to give people the best possible opportunity to resolve their disputes.
Mediation is effective:
  • In single-issue and multi-issue disputes
  • In two-people and multi-party conflicts
  • In developing innovative and sustainable solutions when parties are willing but stuck
  • As a preventative intervention early in a conflict
  • As an alternative to avoid further costly public litigation
The mediation process improves communication, narrows outstanding issues, defuses emotions and defines areas of agreement.  Statistics show a success rate for mediation averaging 80 per cent.
For further information see www.themii.ie or contact Stiofán Nutty at +353 87 6175488


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