Guardianship or conservatorship is a court-appointed role that involves making decisions about an individual’s care and property. When a person with dementia can no longer provide their own care and family members are unable to agree on the necessary care or when there is no family, guardianship is typically considered.

Obtaining guardianship is a time-consuming process that requires the assistance of an attorney and involves testifying in court. A guardian is responsible for making healthcare, financial, and day-to-day care decisions to ensure the person’s safety, food, shelter, and overall well-being. The court provides supervision and oversight to guardians.

The specific regulations and procedures regarding guardianship vary from state to state. Families considering guardianship or conservatorship should seek guidance from an elder care attorney who is knowledgeable about the guardianship process in their respective state.