What is a Guardian in Oregon?

A guardian is an individual or organization appointed by the court to exercise powers, as authorized or limited, over a person, primarily to manage the medical and health care decisions of a protected person.

The court may give a guardian general powers or may limit those powers. As authorized by the court, the guardian may make decisions about personal health needs, medical treatment, services, programs.  The law requires the guardian to give the protected person as much independence as his or her condition will allow, and to consider his/her wishes and choices in decision-making.