David F. Dumont & Rosalyn Dumont
Guardianship & Eldercare Services



Guardianship


Registered Guardianship...
...The Ultimate Protection

What is a Registered Guardian, and what services do they provide?
 

A Registered Guardian is a uniquely trained individual, knowledgeable of the supportive services in the local area, including:

  • In-Home Care

  • Assisted Living Facilities

  • Skilled Nursing Centers

  • Rehabilitative Services

  • Doctors and Hospitals

  • And other service agencies serving our community

As a Court Appointed Administrator for individuals suffering from a dementia related disorder, the Registered Guardian is fully bonded and trained in fiduciary responsibilities, and has local contacts in the following areas:

  • Banks and Investment Companies

  • Social Security and Medicare

  • Insurance Companies

  • Veterans' Administration

  • Real Estate Professionals


A Registered Guardian makes decisions on behalf of the client concerning all rights delegated by the Court, involving legal, medical, financial, bureaucratic, and family entanglements.

The Registered Guardian is expected to make decisions while considering the "best interest of the client" in areas concerning:

  • Living Arrangements - Managed In-Home Care, Assisted Living
    Facility, or Skilled Nursing Care? A Registered Guardian can often make decisions concerning the benefits of living in an assisted living facility vs. in-home care, more objectively than a family member.

  • Medical Decisions - Since a Registered Guardian manages extremely complicated life issues on a daily basis, for many clients, he/she can also be counted on to handle a wide variety of situations calmly and reliably.

  • Financial Decisions - A Registered Guardian has been assigned by the Court the Fiduciary Responsibilities of the Florida Probate Code for protecting the estate of the client.


A Registered Guardian (based on their knowledge, experience
and education) will work with the client, the client's family, medical,
legal, and other Professionals to assess the particular needs of the client, and implement a plan to assure the client receives the highest quality care possible.


Why Guardianship vs. Other Types of Care?

As an elderly person loses their ability to handle many of the management responsibilities of daily living, they often turn to a neighbor, friend, or sometimes even an acquaintance for help. Often times, this friend has a lawyer prepare a document known as a "Power of Attorney."

A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal device that permits one individual the authority to act on his/her behalf, usually (a spouse, relative, or trusted friend), but anyone can act in this capacity.

Often times, a lonely person can easily be convinced to authorize a friend, neighbor or housekeeper or even a person who deals in exploitation as their POA. Once this authority is given, there is no one to monitor the honesty of the POA.

That is why in 1989, the Florida Legislature enacted the Guardianship Laws. The purpose of this law is to offer protection for our elderly population from those do-gooders who deal in exploitation.

Registered Guardians, on the other hand, are carefully regulated, bonded, monitored, and reviewed in accordance with the Florida Guardianship Laws.

Bank Trust Departments, POA's and other options are not empowered to address critical life issues, i.e. authority to authorize medical care, to determine appropriate living arrangements (Managed In-Home Care, Assisted Living Facility or Skilled Nursing Care, etc.). Registered Guardians are usually authorized to address all critical life issues.


Choosing the least restrictive environment for our client is always our highest priority. In-Home Nursing Care is always considered as the first choice for our clients. Should this choice not be practical, an Assisted Living Facility best suited for the client's particular needs and personality would be our next recommendation. Skilled Nursing Centers and/or Rehabilitative Centers are selected based on their specialized services to meet the level of care best serving our client's particular needs.

As Registered Guardians, we deal with health care agencies and health care providers from a position of competence and experience. We visit with all of our clients regularly and have conferences with their health care providers.

A Registered Guardian is available for you when you need someone to turn to with the "knowledge" and "network" of all life management services available in the community. We are here to provide these valuable services for your loved one.

Guardianship Services Available:

Plenary/Limited Guardianships - for incapacitated seniors

Voluntary Guardianships - for seniors having capacity, but in need of supportive services

Pre-Need Guardianships - to plan for a Registered Guardian to be there when the need develops