Five Tips for Guardianship

Here are five things you can do as a guardian to help ensure that the process and practice of guardianship go smoothly.

  • Make sure that you keep detailed records of the money/payments/assets received on behalf of the adult with disabilities, as well as the money expended on behalf of the adult with disabilities.
  • Create a separate bank account where the adult with disabilities’ money/payments are held.
  • Be sure to schedule regular medical and dental check-ups.
  • If the adult with disabilities relies on you for direct care and you are going to be out of town for a period of time, consider a stand-by guardian to handle that person’s needs while you are away.
  • Pay separately for the adult with disabilities’ needs. Keep those receipts as support for money expended.