Guardianship for the elderly: Protecting the rights and welfare of seniors with reduced capacity
Due to guardianship abuse and elder abuse of one of our most vulnerable segments of our population, the Senate Special Committee on Aging prepared this document “for informational purposes only” back in 2007. It does contain a lot of valuable information about what guardians are and are not allowed to do. If you have a loved one under guardianship please read this. For those of you considering guardianship for a loved one, don’t! Stay away from the courts. Find another way to protect this person. Once a court appointed guardian is put in place the person virtually becomes a prisoner…isolate, medicate, steal the estate…that is literally what happens.
This document has been printed for information purposes. It does not represent findings or recommendations formally adopted by the Committee.
Over the next several decades, the U.S. older population will experience unprecedented growth. By 2030, the population of people age 65 and over will have more than doubled from 35 million in 2000 to 71.5 million. As the number of seniors increase, so will the number of individuals with cognitive disabilities such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This trend will produce an increasing demand to invoke guardianship on behalf of incapacitated seniors. However, guardianship – a legal tool which gives one person or entity the power to make personal and/or property decisions for another – has the potential of harming older adults rather than protecting them if not carefully administered. The rising incidence of elder abuse in this country and continuing reports of the failure of courts and the states to prevent exploitation of incapacitated adults by their guardians have long been of concern to this Committee.
- Guardianship 101 – What does guardianship mean for you and your loved one? (miamilegaleagle.net)
- Father charged with stealing $58,000 from daughter’s guardianship funds (browardnetonline.com)
- Dementia Artist May Lose House (ireport.cnn.com)