Coronavirus Update: Ethics Considerations, Guidance and Resources.
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If there is concern that an adult is incapable of managing their needs — personal, health and/or financial — a court appointed guardian with specific powers and responsibilities may be sought to make decisions and protect the interests of the individual.
Because guardianship limits the personal freedoms and constitutional rights of the person under guardianship, it is recommended that alternatives to guardianship be explored first to see if there might be a less restrictive way of meeting the individual’s needs. If guardianship is deemed necessary, the scope of powers of the guardian are limited to the specific needs of the individual.
There are two general types of guardians:
A guardian may be given full powers or limited powers depending on the needs of the person under guardianship. For example, if a person only needs assistance with medical decision-making, the court will give the guardian power only in this area.