PLANNING FOR THEIR FUTURE
Planning for a client’s future is not only a responsibility but a priority. Once appointed, I remain appointed in a client’s care until I am no longer needed. While working with a client, depending on their abilities and age, I help clients go on assisted vacations and have the opportunity to start making small payments on funeral plans. If the client has family, I ensure the client’s planning process is inclusive every step of the way. Often, clients do not have family, or their family has chosen not to be involved.
Conservatorship is not about spending a client’s money. Clients who have acquired multiple assets need solid long-term financial plans. Conservators consider the complete picture of assets, liabilities, income, expenses, along with projected retirement needs and the costs associated with long-term care obligations. Steps are taken now to prevent the client from outliving their resources.
NURSING HOME CARE
Clients receiving supportive care within a nursing home might already feel their rights are limited. For a client living in a nursing home, being appointed a guardian can be traumatic. A guardianship comes with limitations put in place by the court. The standard scope of care/responsibility the court will grant for a client in a nursing home typically covers medical decisions, medical insurance, and everyday decisions.
LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY
Mental illness is a reality for millions of Americans of all ages, races, and cultural backgrounds. Like physical illness, mental illness is a medical condition and changes how a person thinks and feels. Yet, for many of the clients we serve, we can proudly say they live a fulfilling life in the community. Our connections with mental health community providers, visiting nurse agencies, DMH, and supporting community members give our clients a sense of comfort (relief). For many clients, the correct community supports make all the difference and increase the ability to remain successful in the community.