Self-neglect might give cause for an Arizona guardianship

Perhaps due to the inherently sensational nature of elder abuse, everybody has heard many horrible stories about various types of elder abuse.  One problem that is not quite as widely discussed, but that is no doubt just as harmful to the elderly, is self-neglect – and perhaps the best way to remedy a situation in which self-neglect is evident is with an Arizona guardianship.

First of all, what is self-neglect?  Self-neglect can range from maintaining a poor diet to failing to take medication as prescribed.  More often than not, self-neglect does not stem from negligence, but it instead stems from the effects of the aging process.  In other words, most seniors who struggle with self-neglect are entirely unaware that their actions are harmful to themselves.  And this is precisely where an Arizona guardianship comes in.

An Arizona guardian is endowed with the authority to make medical and placement decisions on behalf of somebody who does not have the capacity to make these decisions personally, called a ward.  A guardian has not only apparent authority, but actual legal authority to require a ward to make appropriate medical and health decisions.  And in the event that the guardian is unable to eradicate the self-neglect, the guardian is then entitled to admit the ward for treatment in a medical facility.

If you have a loved one who is getting up there in years, it is important to keep a watchful eye on his or her behaviors.  Look for changes in his or her appearance, as well as in how he or she maintains his or her place of residence.  If you grow concerned about this person’s health or wellbeing, you might meet with other family members to see if they have noticed changes as well.  Upon a consensus with other family members, you might then decide to speak with an Elder Law attorney about how an Arizona guardianship attorney can help.

To schedule a consultation with an Arizona guardianship attorney, please do not hesitate to contact JacksonWhite, by calling (480) 818-6912.