JOB DESCRIPTION: VOLUNTEER GUARDIAN
A guardian is any adult appointed by the Probate Court to assume responsibility for the care and management of the person, the estate, or both, of an incompetent person. The guardian makes major life decisions for the ward who is otherwise unable to make his or her own decisions.
THE ROLE/ RESPONSIBILITY OF A GSSWI ADULT GUARDIAN VOLUNTEER:
You can be appointed as the guardian of a person OR of the estate OR both.
With the Guardianship of the Protected Person you would be the “face of that person the frontline” this is a very large picture role. The responsibilities of this role are summarized below and defined further in the NGA Standards in Standard 13:
- Monitor your case by having regular face to face visits at least every 30 days to ensure their safety and well being as well as having in-depth knowledge of the case in order to make knowledgeable decisions on the behalf of your protect person.
- Maintain complete written records about the case, including appointments, visits, observations, and other pertinent information gathered.
- Know the family.
- Know the healthcare situation and their benefits in the event that you need to make healthcare decisions. If they are in a facility review their charts and care plan each month.
- Know their placement situation.
- In the event that your protected person is in a nursing home you will need to obtain, review and sign off on their account balances every month.
- Monitor the protected persons “spending cash” if in placement. They are allotted $52.00/mo to spend. Protected person should be given freedom to spend these funds however they want if possible. We need to ensure that these funds are not being absorbed into the cost of care without consent.
- You have to make end of life decisions.
- You may have to deal with getting a protective order in place for your protected person.
- You may have to make life style decision which may include but are not limited to: if they live in a private room or shared living space, if they need to be on birth control or if they should get married.
- Participate in and/or recognize the need for planning meetings or calling hearings involving the protected person. If a GSSWI volunteer feels the need for a meeting or hearing to be called, you are to first notify the GSSWI Executive Director.
- Remain actively involved in the case until formally discharged by the Court and/or the GSSWI Executive Director.
Guardianship of the Estate normally handled in partnership with the executive director. Often times, guardianship of the estate will accompany the guardianship of the person. The responsibilities of this role are summarized below and defined further in the NGA Standards pg. 17:
- You will need to set a budget and monitor all debts. Often times, there is not enough funds to meet all of the demands so you will need to make decisions and set priorities.
- Request checks from program staff to make appropriate payments.
- Contact creditors by using our standardize form letter. If you need to call creditors please use *67 to block your personal phone number to avoid being harassed later.