Where do you begin in a guardianship? You have to determine that guardianship and it is a legal process for adults who have been diagnosed with a medical condition and are unable to make or communicate effective decisions about their everyday care; health and/or safety. A Massachusetts Judge can appoint a guardian to make some or all the personal decisions on the adult’s behalf; and a guardianship protect the adult’s rights and independence, it can be also limited to certain areas where the adult’s ability is impaired.
To begin, you have to realize that every situation is unique and that there does need to be a medical evaluation of the individual’s abilities, impairments, judgments and other factors that are needed to determine if a guardianship is appropriate for that adult.
There are other alternatives to guardianship; which do not need a court approval; they can include Healthcare Proxy’s; Durable Power of Attorneys; and other possibilities.