Decatur Family Law and Probate Attorney

Mental decline, refusal of care could warrant guardianships

On Behalf of | Jul 19, 2019 | Firm News, guardianships

Aging has different impacts on each person. Some individuals may live well into their golden years without many health issues, and others may not be so lucky. If Texas residents notice that their loved ones’ mental capacity is starting to decline or if a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease has been issued by a doctor, worries are understandable. In serious cases, guardianships may be necessary.

If a loved one does have a form of dementia, the severity of it and its effects can vary. An individual may remain relatively calm and cooperative despite the disease, and others may become scared and confused, which could lead to combative behaviors. Because dementia affects a person’s memory and ability to make sound decisions, some loved ones may have to step in to make those choices.

Of course, a person cannot simply begin making decisions for another person without the legal authority to do so. As a result, some parties may need to apply for guardianship over their elderly loved ones. This step may seem drastic to some, but if the ill person lives in unsafe conditions or refuses care, it may be up to a family member to step in.

Guardianships can help protect loved ones who are in vulnerable positions. However, the court must approve the appointment of guardians. If Texas residents believe that their loved ones may be in need of this type of help, they may wish to gain information about how to apply for guardianship, the responsibilities of this role and how it could help make a situation safer and easier for struggling loved ones.