As more and more people in the United States and Florida reach their senior years, family members must deal with an increasing number of issues. Directly physical health concerns are among these but so too are those conditions which primarily affect mental function. Alzheimer’s and dementia patients can often live for many years in relatively good physical health while their cognitive abilities fail. These failings can put them at risk if they are left to care for their own affairs in the meantime.
Without proper mental abilities, seniors can be at risk for wandering off and getting lost. They can unintentionally start fires in their homes by leaving items on stovetops. They can refuse important medical care because they do not fully understand it. These are the concerns of many people in the United States today. Alzheimers.net explains that it is situations like these ones that lead many family members to seek guardianships over their loved ones.
Obtaining a guardianship may not be simple but may well be essential. You will first be required to show good cause for your request. The goal of your request should be to keep your parent or other elder safe from both physical harm and financial abuse. Ensuring appropriate medical attention and daily care is also a factor in becoming a guardian. In some cases, you can obtain an emergency or temporary guardianship.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but general information about guardianships of parents or other elders with memory issues in Florida.