The federal government does not regulate or directly support guardianship, but federal agencies may provide indirect support to state guardianship programs by providing funding for efforts to share best practices and facilitate improved coordination, as well as by sharing information that state and local entities can use related to guardianship. State and local courts have primary responsibility over the guardianship process and, as such, have a role in protecting older adults with guardians from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Measures taken by selected states to help protect older adults with guardians vary but generally include screening, education, monitoring, and enforcement.
What the GAO Found: ELDER ABUSE: The Extent of Abuse by Guardians is Unknown, but Some Measures Exist to Help Protect Older Adults
Read the GAO's report: ELDER ABUSE: The Extent of Abuse by Guardians is Unknown, but Some Measures Exist to Help Protect Older Adults
Watch the Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing: "Trust Betrayed: Financial Abuse of Older Americans by Guardians and Others in Power"