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Is guardianship needed for an Alzheimer's patient?

If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's in Iowa, you may be concerned about the future. This disease is difficult to predict except for the guarantee that everyone who has it will get worse over time. There is no cure and medications may not always work to slow the progress of the disease. At the same time, if your loved one is in relatively good health, the chances are pretty good he or she will live quite a long time with the disease, which means eventually, you will need to step in and manage his or her care.

Alzheimers.net notes that eventually each Alzheimer's patient will reach a point where he or she can no longer make decisions for his or herself. At this point, you should consider guardianship. In some cases, you may not need a guardianship if the person is aggreable to signing other legal forms before getting to this point. However, in many cases, the person wants to stay independent and may refuse to give up his or her independence. This is when guardianship must be considered.

Guardianship is granted by the court and gives you the legal authority to make decisions for that person. It is similar to the authority you have over a minor child. You can make medical, financial and legal decisions for the person. You must present your case in court, providing proof the person is no longer mentally competent. You must also prove you have the person's best interests in mind. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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