Navigating Decisions Together.
Our mission at Compass Lifecare Strategies is simple:
We support families.
Our approach is centered on reducing stress and conflict. We accomplish our mission by facilitating decisions that help families work together in
legal planning and care planning.
that caring for a loved one often means
handling stress and conflict. Even after that loved one has passed away.
the opposite of conflict is connection.
Connect with your self, your family
and with the supports you need to thrive.
Let Compass be your guide.
Lifecare Map for Caregivers:
Designed for loved ones caring for an individual with a disability, this service starts with Lifecare Mapping, a cutting-edge tool that takes your network of supports and maps it visually, so that we can see the strengths and weaknesses. Having a strong network of support is key to preventing caregiver burnout. With the network map as a guide, we can brainstorm ways to balance responsibilities, discover areas for improvement, and encourage a sustainable support network for the future. Imagine how much easier things can be if you have a plan and know how best to work together.
Lifecare Map for Co-Parents:
Designed for divorced or separated parents of children with disabilities, a Lifecare Map for Co-Parents starts with a Lifecare Map for Caregivers, but takes it a step further by addressing visitation, scheduling, and co-parenting issues. Standard divorce co-parenting plans do not consider the unique challenges of parenting a child with a disability. Work together as a team to build a plan that is consistent yet adaptable.
Having a sound lifecare map is a start but as we all know, things can change. Sometimes we need to develop strategies for problems in real time, as they arise. This is why we offer ongoing support for our clients. Any time you need to check in, you can schedule a Lifecare Strategy Meeting. Some clients meet with us just 1 or 2 times a year, others prefer to meet monthly or even weekly. You decide what works best for your family.
Individual Strategy Meeting: Feeling stuck? Got caregiver burnout? A strategy meeting is your opportunity to sort through options and brainstorm solutions to your unique challenges. Our goal is for you to leave feeling supported and less stressed.
Group Strategy Meeting: When family members aren’t coordinating efforts well, it leaves everyone feeling overwhelmed. Invite everyone to a group strategy meeting to get organized and decide which steps to take next. You will be surprised how productive just one meeting can be.
Bereavement Strategy Meeting: After a loved one has passed away, there is a lot that needs to be done. In the midst of grief, these tasks can feel overwhelming. We don’t always know how best to help one another. This is when stress and conflict can grow. But with a strategy meeting, we coordinate efforts and establish ways to support one another and keep those lines of communication open.
When individuals aren't able to talk through issues, their next step is often to hire an attorney and bring the matter to court. But is a court room the best place to find answers?
Before taking that step towards litigation, we ask our clients: "Have you considered mediation?"
When it comes to resolving disputes, mediation offers a lower cost option to litigation; financially and emotionally. Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process designed to help parties develop a mutually beneficial agreement, in less time than it takes to litigate, and for much less money. The parties work through their disagreements in a healthier way, often saving relationships from irreparable damage. Mediation works well for disputes regarding:
Probate and Estate Administration
Conservatorship and Guardianship
Co-Parenting (Child with a Disability)
Amy Sereday, MS, CDP
Amy is a conflict resolution practitioner who has devoted her practice
to the impact of stress on decision-making
and changes in family dynamics caused by aging, illness and disability.
With nearly 20 years in the legal field, Amy has experience in estate planning,
elder law, special needs law, probate, and real estate.
This knowledge gives Amy the ability to truly understand the context of the issues
and coordinate your planning with your legal team and other care professionals.
Amy's goal is to be as inclusive as possible, making sure that everyone's voice is heard.
You can feel confident that Amy will support and guide you
towards sustainable solutions.
In addition to her work with families, Amy teaches Conflict Analysis at her alma mater, Columbia University.
She is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics including conflict prevention in aging,
and conflict mapping for disability planning.
MS Negotiation & Conflict Resolution - Columbia University
ABA Post Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate - University of Hartford
BA Communications - Western CT State University
TRAINING & CERTIFICATION:
Certified Dementia Practitioner
Certified Mediator - CT and NY
Elder & Adult Family
Custody & Visitation
Certified by the New York State Unified Court System
Member of Association for Conflict Resolution
Member of International Ombudsman Association