Finding the Right Fit: Decision-Making Supports and Guardianship

Source: Department of Justice Elder Justice Initiative

Published: 2019


Finding the Right Fit: Decision-Making Supports and Guardianship can help. This interactive, user-friendly online training provides information and guidance on supports for decision-making. Learn about:
•Supporting someone to make decisions;
•Legal options such as power of attorney, advance directive, and guardianship; and
•Serving as a guardian.

Learn from realistic scenarios:
•Sam, an adult with an intellectual disability, wants to make his own decisions. His parents are worried about his health and safety. How can Sam and his parents work together?
•Jimmy’s mental illness contributed to his financial troubles. His sister has always supported him in times of crisis. If Jimmy has a mental health crisis, what legal options would allow his sister to manage his money?
•Maria, who had a stroke, cannot communicate. She did not have advance care planning documents like a power of attorney. How can her brother make sure her bills are paid and she is getting the best medical treatment?

Balancing Values. Finding the Right Fit is about:
•Protecting the rights of people to make their own decisions;
•Focusing on what the person needs and wants;
•Considering guardianship only if other options won’t work; and
•Making sure every form of decision-making assistance comes without the intention to influence, take advantage, or harm.

Link: Finding the Right Fit: Decision-Making Supports and Guardianship

Topics: Caregiving, Cognition/Capacity, Prevention/Intervention

Access: Download, Web-based

Intended Use: Self-directed Learning, Teaching Others

Audience: Caregivers, Community

Level: Basic, Intermediate