As people age, they lose the ability to make meaningful decisions. With time, an older person starts showing signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. When this happens, it is a clear sign that they need legal guardianship.
According to The Balance, duties of a legal guardian for an elderly include ensuring health care and safety of their senior as well as foreseeing the proper handling of their assets and finances. Here are signs that tell an old person needs guardianship.
Compromised decision making
When there are signs of compromised decision making, the court may grant partial guardianship. It means that the elderly will still make some critical decisions on their life but will need help with other areas.
Medical News confirms that the elderly may not be in a position to make an informed consent. It is time for legal guardianship to take charge. A guardian will permit medical providers to administer some kinds of drugs or treatment methods.
Selling of property
Even with a power of attorney, some states still need a guardian to consent selling of a home or an investment.
When a senior citizen disagrees about going to a nursing home, one may need to obtain legal guardianship. It will help admit them to the facility.
Refusal to sign estate planning documents
It is not common, but some older adults need help from their guardians, more so in signing the estate planning documents. If they can no longer make informed decisions, they will need help to sign a power of attorney.
The court only grants guardianship consent if convinced that the older person can no longer act wisely in essential aspects of their lives. Seniors still have the right to object guardianship.