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Older Adults under Guardianship: Challenges and Recommendations for Improving Practice.

Authors
  • Nwakasi, Candidus C1
  • Roberts, Amy R2
  • 1 Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management, Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
  • 2 Associate Professor, Department of Family Science & Social Work, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of aging & social policy
Publication Date
May 04, 2022
Volume
34
Issue
3
Pages
401–417
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/08959420.2021.1926198
PMID: 33971805
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The probate court may appoint legal guardians to make decisions on behalf of older adults regarding medical needs, living arrangements, or finances. This study aims to highlight the challenges of guardianship for older adults and ways to improve practice at the county level. Focus group discussions were comprised of probate court judges and other court staff, and guardians (including family members, volunteers, attorneys, and professionals) in five counties within the state of Ohio. Themes identified illuminate challenges regarding responsibility to care, elder mistreatment, and administrative bottlenecks. These counties have developed some promising practices including commitment to excellence, resource stability, and community collaboration, to address these challenges.

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