Becoming a Guardian for Your Father

Your mother recently died, leaving your father with dementia who can’t really care for himself. You are considering becoming a guardian for your father.  Family relationships have been strained for years. None of your brothers or sisters want to take responsibility for the care of your father.

becoming a guardianYou really don’t want the responsibility either but you feel guilty.  Dad can’t really take care of his finances, healthcare needs and really shouldn’t be driving.  You’ve spoke to his doctor and guardianship was mentioned.  Becoming a guardian seems like a lot of responsibility, not sure whether you want to do this or not.  You wonder how becoming a guardian might change your life.

Your mother cared for your father as an agent under a medical power of attorney but did not create a will with any provisions for transferring the care of your father. No one expected your mother to pass away so unexpectedly. You’re not sure what to do but guardianship seems like the next practical step.

Learn more about How to Become a Guardian for a Parent by registering to watch this 18-minute on-demand webinar.

Pamela’s online guardianship course offers insights about medical decision-making, legal incapacity, how to petition for guardianship, and the responsibilities of becoming a guardian.

Read additional articles by Pamela D Wilson about becoming a guardian:

What Does Guardianship of An Elderly Parent Mean

Can Guardianship Be Shared Among Family Members?

How to Become a Legal Guardian

More information about caring for aging parents is in Pamela’s Caring for Aging Parents Blog

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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