A guardian is someone who looks after our children if we cannot do so ourselves or if our spouse is unwilling or unfit to take on the responsibility. We do have the power to appoint guardians to care for our children, but they can also supervise our elderly loved ones too. And that’s great and all, but it leaves the question of “Who is supervising the ones supervising those we care about?”
Once a guardian has been appointed by the court, the court then keeps an eye on that person. The guardian must also receive approval for any medical procedures that carry a good amount of risk to the life and well-being of the one they’re caring for. It is also necessary for them to get permission from the court for any changes in classification to the abode of the person in their care—like moving from a private residence to a nursing home, for example, and they also have to provide an annual report to the court on the status of the ward’s health.
A guardian of the property is also required in order to keep careful record of any finances, file an initial inventory, and file any yearly accountings with the court.
Even though a guardian might be less desirable than an advance directive or Powers of Attorney, there are times where it is the only option we have in order to give someone the necessary care they cannot give themselves, and to make the decisions they cannot make on their own.
If you or someone you love needs assistance with Elder Care law issues, call 856-281-3131. Let us help ease your stress and give you a plan.