Watching your parents get old is hard.  It can be emotionally challenging and extremely difficult. Roles may switch eventually, and you may be caring for a parent on a regular basis.  In order to do that effectively, you may need to seek Guardianship of your elderly parent to make sure you have legal authority to help them live to their fullest. Here are 5 signs that it may be time to pursue Guardianship.

Did you notice that your parents’ or grandparents’ health has become noticeably worse this holiday?

  1. Compromised decision-making ability - Is your mother or father having difficulty making decisions about property, health, or safety? Certain medical conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, may compromise an individual’s decision-making abilities.
  2. Being taken advantage of – Have you noticed that a caretaker or another type of helper has unduly influenced your parents’ decisions? Unfortunately, our elderly loved ones are the most vulnerable.
  3. Unpaid bills – Have you noticed stacks of unpaid bills or collection notices on your parents’ kitchen counter? Many times, paying bills for the elderly isn’t a matter of financial means, but the overwhelming nature of completing the task.  They may need help.
  4. Forgetting to take medicine – Has your mother or father been forgetting to take their medicine, or worse, forgetting to get their prescriptions filled? Both aging and medical conditions can interfere with your parents’ ability to make critical medical choices.
  5. Uncharacteristically dirty, disheveled, or disorganized – Have you noticed that your elderly parent’s hygiene has suffered? Is their house uncharacteristically cluttered, disorganized or dirty?  Are the house and the yard being neglected?  All of these are signs that your aging parent may need help, and that they can’t manage on their own any longer.

If any of these resonate with you or sound familiar, it may be time to seek a Guardianship of your elderly parent.  If you have any questions about guardianship, we are happy to help you through the process. Call us at (214) 974-8940 to schedule a complimentary consultation with an attorney.