We provide resources for current and future caregivers
Increasingly, there are many organizations and advocacy groups calling for better education and supports for guardians and also for families and caregivers for older adults.
Project Guardianship shares its multidisciplinary model and capacity-building practices with others, both direct service providers and those who serve older adults and adults with disabilities.
One of the recommendations in Project Guardianship’s 2019 Guardianship Report is to provide greater system-wide support for family and friends who become a guardian and caretaker for their loved one. Being a guardian is hard work — navigating all guardianship responsibilities can be quite challenging and support is scarce.
Unfortunately, family and lay guardians lack the supports to fully understand their legal responsibilities as guardians (even for a loved one), and the consequences to a failure to abide by court orders or the guardianship (or conservatorship) laws in their states. This puts a guardian at risk of being removed and replaced by a professional or third-party guardian, despite their very best intentions and even over a minor mistake.
We believe that there is an opportunity to better prepare family members or friends for the role of guardians to allay the reliance on the use of public guardians and private attorneys, while providing better care for a person in need of a guardian. Often, the appointment of a family or friend guardian who knows the individual well will understand their needs and which will allow a person to remain in their own home and avoid institutionalization and a nursing home.
For guardians, there is a lot to learn — about guardianship court processes, reporting requirements, fiduciary responsibilities, marshaling income and assets, accessing public benefits, making medical and end-of-life decisions, and much more.