Family Members Serving As A Guardian, Power-of-attorney Or Trustee Can Receive Training & Consulting

Portrait Health Advocacy now offers consultation and training for newly appointed Guardians, POA’s and Trustees.
By: Portrait Health Advocacy
 
March 13, 2012 - PRLog -- Portrait Health Advocacy is staffed by professional Guardians, holders of Power Of Attorney (POA’s) and Trustees.  These professionals have learned to perform these functions through education and experience.  But how is a family member thrust into the role of Guardian to know what is expected and what it means to be a Guardian?  Portrait Health Advocacy now offers consultation and training for newly appointed Guardians, POA’s and Trustees.

An experienced eldercare attorney is the best choice for helping an adult child become the legal Guardian of an aging parent.  But once the guardianship appointment is complete, does the attorney really want to take the daily calls from clients to provide assistance and recommendations related to the duties of the Guardian?  For example, “Where can I get Dad’s walker fixed, or can I pay to have Mom’s dog trimmed and shampooed?”

Guardians and POA’s are asked to make any number of difficult decisions regarding the life, health and property of an individual.  All too soon family members serving as Guardians come to realize that they are often ill-equipped to handle the emotional stress that comes with making these decisions.  What can I spend?  Do I need a separate bank account?  How do I open a new bank account and in whose name?  Do I need to keep records of what I spend?  Who will file Mom’s taxes?  Should an assisted-living facility be considered and if so, which one?  Or would a nursing home be better? Should I hire help for my mother? And she needs her toenails cut.  Do I have to do that or can I get someone to cut her toenails?  Who cuts toenails, anyway?

Henry Warner, President of Portrait Health Advocacy, encourages family members who are newly appointed Guardians and POA’s to seek help during those first few months when so many decisions need to be made, and states, “Having a Portrait Health Advocate on speed dial provides that level of assurance that the decisions that Guardians are being asked to make are well advised.  Just as a new mother calls on her own mom for day to day advice on caring for her new baby, all new Guardians and POA’s should have an Advocate available to answer day to day questions.”

Portrait Health Advocacy, Inc.
Portrait Health Advocacy assists Guardians and others needing help by advising in medical and clinical decisions, guiding in financial matters, helping to select and monitor in-home care services, evaluating the need for specialized services, identifying opportunities for improved quality of life, conducting competency and capacity evaluations, and by providing a trusted resource for everyday care issues.  www.portraithealthadvocacy.com

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Portrait Health Advocacy assists Guardians and others needing help by advising in medical and clinical decisions, guiding in financial matters, helping to select and monitor in-home care services, evaluating the need for specialized services, identifying opportunities for improved quality of life, conducting competency and capacity evaluations, and by providing a trusted resource for everyday care issues. www.portraithealthadvocacy.com
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