Volunteer Guardian Program
It is often assumed that everyone has someone who will take care of them and help them with decisions when they are unable to care for themselves. The fact is, not everyone has someone willing to be responsible for decision making. People served by this program are 55 years of age and over, on Medicaid, living in nursing homes or other group-care settings, and lack the capacity to make their own medical decisions due to dementia, or other mental impairments. Whatever the reason, their ability to process information and make informed decisions on care and quality of life issues has deteriorated. They are alone, and they need your help.
Volunteer guardians serve individuals who have no family or friends able or willing to assist them. Volunteer guardians do not have financial responsibility for the person. Interested individuals must be at least 21 years old, have reliable transportation, references, attend an interview, and undergo a background check. Thorough training and support of case managers is provided. Once trained and appointed volunteers visit their person a minimum of twice per month to establish a relationship and rapport with their person for the purpose of helping the resident improve their quality of life.