The need for guardianship may come to your attention because of an individual’s inability to make informed decisions, their actions are putting themselves or others at risk of harm, or some behavioral or functional problems appear. To help identify medical issues or functional limitations, it is helpful to get a qualified assessment of the person’s needs related to medical care, finances, living arrangements, nutrition, personal hygiene, vulnerability to abuse. These are all areas in which the individual’s capacity to make decisions may be assessed.
Guardianship is a serious step that should only be considered when less restrictive alternatives have proven to be ineffective. Assessments should be done by qualified professionals, and the scope of assessment may vary depending on the needs of the individual and the level of protection being considered.
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