There may come a day when you realize that your elderly mother cannot make important decisions by herself. In these circumstances, it may be in her best interests to have a guardian. At Vincent, Romeo and Rodriguez, LLC, we understand that sometimes it is difficult to know when you should make these decisions for your mother.
As she ages, there are many decisions your mother needs to make about her finances and health. The National Caregivers Library says that asking a few simple questions can tell you how much she understands about these choices. Ask her if she understands all of her options and why they are necessary. It is also important for your mother to know the impact of a decision. If she does not understand why she needs to make choices about her health or finances, it might be time to make these decisions for her. Becoming her guardian may be especially important if your mother has dementia or suffered a stroke.
You may worry that you will take away your mother’s independence by becoming her guardian. However, this is usually not the case. You typically do not need to decide everything about your mother’s finances and health, and she can retain her freedom to make the decisions she is able to. Being her guardian allows you to ensure that all decisions follow your mother’s wishes and do what is best for her.
Once you decide to be your mother’s guardian, it is generally a good idea to begin the relevant paperwork. This process can sometimes be confusing, and you may want to seek guidance to ensure you understand your responsibilities. More information about becoming a guardian can be found on our web page.