Guardians are appointed by the Court to care for and make medical and placement decisions on behalf of an individual who is unable to make those decisions for him or herself. Most Guardians are caring and responsible individuals. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
In their most recent report, the Oregon Department of Human Services confirmed 4,157 cases of abuse against elders and adults with disabilities in 2014 alone; More than 61% of cases were older adults and people with physical disabilities living at home. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that for every one case of elder abuse, about five more go unreported.
The Guardian Partners Volunteer Guardianship monitoring and assistance program uses the following three methods:
• Case Monitoring - Guardian Partners' mission is to assist the Court in protecting vulnerable Oregonians by using trained and supervised volunteers to monitor Guardianship proceedings. This effort reduces the potential for abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
• Supervision - Guardian Partners volunteer monitors provide an independent source of information to the Court. Volunteer monitors are trained in effective Guardianship and how to identify abusive situations.
• Supplementing Resources - Public resources are simply inadequate to provide the level of personal attention and detailed review each protected person under Guardianship deserves. Guardian Partners is a solution bridging the gaps. Our volunteers also act as a referral and support resource for Guardians who are often doing thankless work with little or no support.
Guardians are appointed by the Court to make decisions on behalf of an individual who is incapacitated. The vast majority of Oregon Guardians are extremely caring and responsible individuals.
Guardian Partners provides education, case monitoring and resources to Oregon Guardians and their families on behalf of the Court System. These efforts prevent abuse and increase quality of life for ...read more