What is a health care guardian?

Most people are unaware of what a health care guardian can do, nor do they realize they need one until it’s too late. If you or an aging loved one needs more help than what caregivers can provide, you should think about hiring a health care guardian to provide the 24-hour medical assistance and personal care he or she needs. Here’s what you need to know about them and how they can help your loved one live safely and comfortably at home.

What is a Health Care Guardian

A guardian, home care provider, also known as a family caregiver, provides home-based medical and personal services to individuals in need of assistance. They help with everything from bathing and dressing to running errands and preparing meals so that their clients can remain living in the comfort of their own homes. Guardians are highly trained professionals who are certified by the state where they work. They are also bonded and insured, which means they will provide you with peace of mind while caring for your loved one.

The decision to hire a guardian home care provider should only be made after careful consideration of your needs and what type of individual would best suit them.

Why would you need it?

Do you want to provide the best possible quality of life for your loved one but are finding it difficult to manage the daily tasks and needs of everyday life while taking care of them too? If so, then it might be time to find a professional caregiver. Guardian Care providers have experience in caring for seniors as well as a set of skills that can help you get back some of your old responsibilities. A guardianship (also called conservatorship) appoints an individual or organization to act on behalf of someone who does not have the capacity, mental or physical, and is considered by a court to need assistance with regards to their personal affairs or property.

How do they differ from a power of attorney?

A guardian home care, guardian care services, and guardian care home health provider (also called guardians) are professionals who provide in-home assistance for adults and seniors with the ability to live independently but need some additional help. They may be needed for any of the following reasons: to provide respite for family members or caregivers; to help an elder recover from illness or injury; to prevent premature placement in assisted living or nursing home facilities. 

The guardians can provide services, including meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, companionship, and personal hygiene. They can also assist with medication reminders, transportation to medical appointments, and other non-medical needs.

Can anyone be appointed a Health Care Guardian?

If you are worried about the welfare of an elderly loved one with no children, then you may want to look into the possibility of being appointed their health care guardian. This will allow you to make decisions on behalf of your family member if they cannot do so themselves. In order to be appointed, there needs to be a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia, which must have been verified by two doctors and documented in writing by a lawyer. Those who qualify can also designate someone else as their health care guardian. For those who are interested in becoming guardians for their loved ones, guardian care services can help assess potential guardians and provide guidance along the way.

Who makes the decision to assign this role to someone in your life?

When you need somebody to take care of you, but you don’t want to assign this role to yourself, it might be time to explore guardian care services. There are guardians appointed for children or elderly people. It would be an ideal solution for someone who needs help in their everyday life but is not confined to their home, as the person’s best interests and rights will always come first.  A guardian can decide about the individual’s living arrangements, finances, and healthcare. A guardian must act according to the individual’s wishes as long as they are legal. They have to report regularly on how they spend their time and money.

Benefits of designating someone as your health care guardian

Having someone appointed to care for your health decisions and personal finances when you can’t make them yourself provides peace of mind and more control over your future. For example, when choosing the type of healthcare you want to receive, it’s important to know that many types are not open to anyone just coming in off the street. And it may be that you need expensive treatment, so it would help if someone were there for these tough financial decisions.

At our guardian care home health services, our compassionate staff can help those with or without family members designate a guardian for themselves who will help manage their wishes with sensitive and respectful caregiving, from arranging hospice services at home all the way to planning one’s funeral service.

Contact us for further details.