Assessing Needs. Assuring Care.
Guardianship is the management of the affairs of someone who has been judged unable to manage their own affairs. Generally guardianship is ordered by a court on behalf of someone who is called a ward of the court. A guardian assumes the rights of the ward to make decisions about many aspects of daily life. A guardian is directed by ethics and statute to make decisions in the best interest of the ward.
OTHER ALTERNATIVES TO GUARDIANSHIP
Because establishing a guardianship is highly intrusive and involves the removal of rights from an individual, it should be considered only after all alternatives have been examined. When an individual still retains the capacity to act on his/her own behalf, the options below may be evaluated and determined as viable alternatives to guardianship
• Case/care management
• Healthcare surrogacy
• Living trusts
• Durable powers of attorney
• Living wills
• Joint tenancy
• Community agencies/services
• Representatives or substitute payees
• Community advocacy systems
Care managers assist older adults and persons with disabilities to be able to reach their maximum functional potential. Care Managers specialize in assisting older people and their families by developing a plan of care to maintain the greatest independence, safety and comfort allowing the person to remain in his or her own home if at all possible.
Our comprehensive assessment includes many individual assessments and the development of a plan of care. We try to identify areas of concern that may or may not have been noticed or that may be developing and then we create a care plan to address the safety and health concerns.