Guardianship or The Alternatives For a Loved OneThese are legal determinations by which one person is appointed to by the court to make decisions for and about another person who is determined to be incapacitated. Unfortunately guardianships are becoming more common as we live longer and many experience the effects of dementia. Advanced planning can reduce the need for guardianships however if that planning is not completed before the person's capacity is diminished a guardianship is likely necessary.
Guardianship advocacy is often the appropriate option for parents of a child with special needs once that child has reached 18 years. Legally that child is an adult with all the rights of an adult however the child's developmental differences may make it difficult if not dangerous for that child to be legally competent and a guardianship advocacy is one way for the parent or other interested person to assume the decision making for that vulnerable adult.