FAMILY MEMBERS SERVING AS A GUARDIAN, POWER-OF-ATTORNEY OR TRUSTEE CAN RECEIVE TRAINING & CONSULTING

Portrait Health Advocacy now offers consultation and training for newly appointed Guardians, POA’s and Trustees.

3/13/12 10:15 PM CET

Portrait HealthAdvocacy is staffed by professional Guardians, holders of Power Of Attorney(POA’s) and Trustees. Theseprofessionals have learned to perform these functions through education andexperience. But how is a family memberthrust into the role of Guardian to know what is expected and what it means tobe a Guardian? Portrait Health Advocacynow offers consultation and training for newly appointed Guardians, POA’s andTrustees.

An experienced eldercare attorney is the best choice for helping an adultchild become the legal Guardian of an aging parent. But once the guardianship appointment iscomplete, does the attorney really want to take the daily calls from clients toprovide assistance and recommendations related to the duties of the Guardian? For example, “Where can I get Dad’s walkerfixed, or can I pay to have Mom’s dog trimmed and shampooed?”

Guardians andPOA’s are asked to make any number of difficult decisions regarding the life,health and property of an individual. All too soon family members serving as Guardians come to realize thatthey are often ill-equipped to handle the emotional stress that comes with makingthese decisions. What can I spend? Do I need a separate bank account? How do I open a new bank account and in whosename? Do I need to keep records of whatI spend? Who will file Mom’s taxes? Should an assisted-living facility beconsidered and if so, which one? Or would a nursinghome be better? Should I hirehelp for my mother? And she needs her toenails cut. Do Ihave to do that or can I get someone to cut her toenails? Who cuts toenails, anyway?

Henry Warner,President of Portrait Health Advocacy, encourages family members who are newlyappointed Guardians and POA’s to seek help during those first few months whenso many decisions need to be made, and states, “Having a Portrait Health Advocate onspeed dial provides that level of assurance that the decisions that Guardiansare being asked to make are well advised. Just as a new mother calls on her own mom for day to day advice oncaring for her new baby, all new Guardians and POA’s should have an Advocateavailable to answer day to day questions.”

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Portrait Health Advocacy assistsGuardians and others needing help by advising in medical and clinicaldecisions, guiding in financial matters, helping to select and monitor in-homecare services, evaluating the need for specialized services, identifyingopportunities for improved quality of life, conducting competency and capacityevaluations, and by providing a trusted resource for everyday care issues. www.portraithealthadvocacy.com

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Portrait Health Advocacy assists Guardians and others needing help by advising in medical and clinical decisions, guiding in financial matters, helping to select and monitor in-home care services, evaluating the need for specialized services, identifying opportunities for improved quality of life, conducting competency and capacity evaluations, and by providing a trusted resource for everyday care issues. www.portraithealthadvocacy.com

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