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What are the responsibilities of a guardian?

On Behalf of | Oct 8, 2021 | Estate Planning

Residents of Lake Mary and nearby areas of Florida may want to learn more about what a guardian does. An adult guardian has different responsibilities from a guardian appointed by the court for the welfare of a child. An elderly parent may need a guardian to help take care of finances and personal matters.

A petition for guardianship must be approved. The responsibilities will vary from person to person, but there are certain ones that a guardian for the elderly might have.

They might decide the living situation

With complete control over a ward’s life, the guardian may decide on the best living situation. It might be in their own home, in an assisted living facility or in a nursing home. The guardian may also hire a caregiver if funds allow.

They help maintain the senior’s health

The guardian assists with doctors’ appointments and medications. They may become aware of appropriate and new medical treatments.

They deal with finances

Keeping track of the person’s finances, a guardian pays bills and makes sure that the person is using their assets wisely. They may help the person make financial decisions, such as buying groceries or clothing as well as major purchases, such as a vehicle.

They will talk to the person, not just make decisions without input from the senior. They may explain the benefits or consequences of a decision.

They help make living pleasurable

They may help someone get out more and have fun. Meeting people and enjoying life do not have to end, when the senior gets a guardian. A trip to a park, dinner outdoors and even Bingo may all add to the pleasure of both the guardian and the elderly person.

Guardianship has these responsibilities. They include both guardianship of a person and that of their property. The guardian may ensure smart financial choices as well as small joys for a person.