We want to take the fear out of the conservatorship process by allowing our families to explore what a conservatorship might entail. In this blog, we want to discuss the basics of conservatorship process and what are the first steps of the conservatorship process at Lifecare Wellness.
Seeing someone struggle through mental illness, dementia, a life-changing accident or substance abuse can be heartbreaking. With medical treatment, therapy and self-care, most people can overcome or manage these challenges. But some cannot and become a danger to themselves and others. This is when a conservator becomes an option very much worth exploring.
So what exactly is a conservator? And how do you know if a loved one is in need of a conservator? For starters, a conservator is a person appointed by the court to manage the personal and financial affairs of an individual. In most cases, this individual has become incapacitated ; a state where an individual does not have the ability, to make or communicate responsible decisions . These individuals usually struggle with mental illness, mental deficiency, physical illness or disability, physical or mental infirmity, and/or chronic drug use or intoxication. Because of these factors, these individuals are not able to live independently and are in need of constant support. This support might include decisions on their healthcare, where they live, monthly budgeting, and bill paying
At Lifecare Wellness, we understand that the conservatorship process can be scary. That's why we strive to take the fear out of the process. Unlike typical conservatorship processes that begin with a petition to the court, we start our process with a discrete pre-screening from a compassionate, professional therapist. Their assessment helps families make a decision and know which next steps to take. If you have a loved one who might be incapacitated, let's take the next step together!