Keeping People in the Community

We specialize in helping our clients remain in their homes

Our work ensures that our clients reside in the best and most appropriate place for them — whether it is their own home or apartment in the community, an assisted living facility, a nursing home or rehabilitation center, supported housing, a group home, or veteran’s housing.

At Project Guardianship, we specialize in helping many of our clients to remain in their homes and apartments in the community. Many of our clients who are older adults or adults with disabilities would be forced to move to nursing homes or institutions if we were not there to provide an alternative — a safe place to continue to live that they can call their own. We also help many others who are struggling to return home after an often-lengthy hospital or nursing home stay or a trip to an emergency room.

Some of the many challenges that could affect a person’s ability to stay or return home include a client living with a serious mental health, cognitive, or physical limitation; a landlord/tenant issue (such as a pending eviction); a home in need of major repair or the installation of safety modifications (grab bars, railings); and the after-effects of physical abuse or financial exploitation (such as the loss of a home to deed theft).

Over 60% of Project Guardianship clients live in their own homes and in the community.

These challenges often make for a tough, time-intensive case to remediate, and are even more difficult for private guardians to take on when clients are low-income or experiencing poverty.

Other remedies that we employ include Medicaid Planning and the establishment of supplemental needs trusts (SNTs), when appropriate, so that clients can afford to stay in their homes. Our attorneys may also demand a Fair Hearing so that a client will get the benefits and/or home care to which they are entitled — a factor that may weigh heavily on whether they can remain in the community.

Without these interventions, it is likely that many of our clients would be left with no other option than a permanent placement in a nursing facility or institution.

Over 60% of Project Guardianship clients live in their own homes and in the community.

Impact of Covid-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of those in nursing homes and institutions to the ravages of both the COVID-19 virus and any other communicable disease (such as the seasonal flu). The current pandemic has now framed this issue as one of life and death, as individuals living in institutions (mostly older adults and others with medical conditions) are at extremely high risk for serious illness, death, and health complications.

The Project Guardianship comprehensive direct service model which helps to keep clients living in their homes whenever possible is more important than ever. Project Guardianship is working with a coalition that is addressing the issues related to the pandemic and other important matters that affect older adults, and which calls for better accountability, standards, and protective measures.