Types of Guardianship

Limited Guardianship:

When the individual can make some, but not all, decisions regarding his/her person and/or estate. The powers of a limited guardian must be specifically listed in the court order. The court orders are tailored to address the specific limitations that the individual has so that they retain all of their rights except those areas in which they need assistance. It may be a limited guardian of the estate, the person, or both.

Plenary Guardianship:

When the individuals limitations necessitate a guardian who has the power to make all important decisions regarding the individuals personal care and/or finances.

Guardianship of the Person:

When the individual’s disability causes them to lack the capacity to make or communicate appropriate decisions regarding his/her care and personal affairs. This includes, but is not limited to, decisions regarding medical care, living arrangements, and educational and vocational issues.
Guardian of the Estate: when the individual’s disability causes them to lack the capacity to manage his/her estate and financial affairs.

Temporary Guardian:

When there is an emergency situation that requires a substitute decision maker to protect the individual’s financial and personal well being. Evidence supporting the emergent need must be presented. A temporary guardianship lasts 60 days or may be terminated prior to this if a permanent guardian is appointed or the courts determine that the temporary guardianship is no longer needed. Some situations that would necessitate a temporary guardianship include financial or physical abuse or neglect, need for emergency medical care, and inability for an individual to be relocated to a safe living environment. The appointment of a temporary guardian does not necessarily mean that a permanent guardian will be appointed.

Arosa maintains open communication with all involved parties to ensure that all aspects of clients’ needs are met, including their social, emotional, and medical well-being.

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