Sunday, January 25, 2009

Guardianships of the Elderly

By Brenda K. Uekert and Thomas Dibble


Guardianship is a relationship created by state law in which a court gives one person or entity (the guardian) the duty and power to make personal and/or property decisions for another (the ward). Guardianships were designed to protect the interest of incapacitated adults and elders in particular. Yet Congress, national advocacy organizations, and the media have increasingly highlighted the use of guardianships and conservatorships as a means to further exploit older persons. The ease at which guardianships are granted, the lack of court oversight, the questionable qualifications of guardians, the general lack of accountability, soaring caseloads, and poor data management make the guardianship system primed for further abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders. However, recent developments suggest a new era in court leadership, technology, and innovative practices that have the potential to vastly improve court assignment and monitoring of guardianships.

In the article:

Purpose of guardianships
Abusive guardianships that often exploit the elderly
Major issues with guardianships
Financial Costs
Training and Education
Court Monitoring
Recent Developments
Technological innovations
New Resources

Guardianships of the Elderly - Past Performance and Future Promises


Anonymous said...

Very in depth and it proves that "they" know exactly what's going on and have good ideas on how to get started fixing it.

So why don't they try to fix it?

Anonymous said...

Opposition! by those who would stand to lose a buck - any guesses?