The Elder and Guardianship Mediation report is the first comprehensive study of elder and guardianship mediation in Canada, bringing together various material that should be considered in the determination of how to move forward with the development of elder and guardianship mediation in BC. The report compares the experience with voluntary and mandatory mediation of aging-related and guardianship matters in Canada (with a particular focus on BC) and selected US states where court-connected guardianship mediation programs exist. The practical and ethical issues that confront mediators handling cases involving older persons and persons with diminished mental capacity are analyzed with a view to formulating best practices. Recommendations stated in the report are based on the results of the consultations and research, and represent a high degree of consensus among the many experts and sources consulted in terms of best practice and what is needed to create a viable elder and guardianship mediation program in a jurisdiction.
The report includes several components: an outline of the overarching legal context,clarification of the meaning of the concept of elder and guardianship mediation; background on elder mediation in Canada; a comparative analysis of select US court-annexed guardianship mediation programs; and a discussion of ethical issues that arise in the context of mediating at that place where age and mental capacity intersect.
You may read the report here.