A guardian is someone who is given the authority to make decisions on behalf of another individual who has been deemed incapacitated. The responsibilities of a guardian vary depending on the situation and the areas where the person with special needs requires assistance.
Guardians may be responsible for making decisions in the following areas: medical, educational, financial, and living arrangements. Let’s take a look at what a guardian’s responsibilities might be in each of these areas.
- Make decisions about medical procedures and medications
- Ensure routine medical care is received
- Provide the doctor with medical information about the child
- Analyze the services needed to learn effectively
- Ensure that proper education is being received
- Safeguard and budget money
- Pay expenses
- Ensure that the individual has proper food, clothing, and shelter
Guardianship is not all or nothing and the responsibilities assigned to the guardian will vary. Parents should assess the capabilities of their special needs child and identify the areas where they require help in order to determine what kind of guardianship to seek.