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Making Decisions to Improve Quality of Life
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Philosophy

The Protected Person-Guardian relationship at Guardianship Solutions is measured by enhanced quality of life and integrity. We adhere, at all times, to the National Guardianship Association Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice as well as Colorado law governing the duties of guardianship.

Approach

We have a small practice so we can build and develop meaningful relationships with our Protected Persons, ensuring that we improve the quality of their daily life experience.

Each Protected Person-Guardian relationship begins with a three-step introductory period including:
  1. Individual – meeting the Protected Person and assessing their needs and decision-making faculties.
  2. Medical – evaluating health care records, including all physician records and past hospitalizations.
  3. Social – completing a psycho-social assessment and speaking with any neighbors, friends, family, and fiduciaries who have been involved with the protected person prior to the initiation of the guardianship.

Individual Plan

At the conclusion of the introductory period, we create a plan for the Protected Person that includes short-term and long-term objectives. Short-term objectives are generally geared towards safety and health needs. This may include arranging for much needed medical care, addressing safety in their current setting, obtaining needed supportive equipment for the home, or moving to a new home. We address hygiene, diet, and wardrobe as part of the initial assessment. Oftentimes, we will establish new social activities, which may include the addition of a companion to spend time with the Protected Person. Long-term objectives include monitoring the overall health and adjusting the care to the Protected Person’s needs.

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The Guardian-Protected Person Relationship

As a guardian, we utilize community resources to ensure the highest quality of life. We have 24-hour availability through an answering service after hours.

Decision-Making

Protected Persons are encouraged to participate in decision-making to the fullest extent of their ability. In situations where a Protected Person’s decision-making faculties are severely limited, we consider the desires and personal values of the Protected Person in making decisions on their behalf. We review any prior living will or directive in addition to discussing their needs using the “five wishes document” as a guide to these conversations. Decisions of a more critical nature are managed with input from the Protected Person’s physician and family when available and appropriate. This approach ensures that our choices for the Protected Person are the most prudent and without subjective bias.

Industry Leaders

Karen is a Nationally Certified Guardian following the standards of practice as outlined through the National Guardianship Association. These standards are monitored by annual reviews of our practice and fortified by our ongoing training and certification through the Center for Guardianship Certification.