Adult public guardianship provides protection and advocacy on behalf of older adults who are determined by a court of law to lack the capacity to communicate responsible decisions concerning their daily living needs.
The Executive Director of the Area Agency on Aging, (MAC Inc.), can be appointed as legal guardian.
Guardianship may be needed when:
- A person exhibits an inability to make everyday decisions because of the effects of disease or a disabling condition
- A person is mentally confused or forgetful
- A person exhibits an inability to manage money or business affairs
- A person is unable to meet their physical needs, such as food and shelter, bathing and medical appointments
Duties of the guardian include:
- Deciding where the person will live
- Providing for the care, comfort, education and social and recreational needs of the person
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