Saturday, November 09, 2013

Forced guardianship could be forced on seniors who live alone and get into trouble

It is possible for a local government to order guardianship for an “incompetent” (older) citizen living alone, as shown in a front page Washington Post story Saturday, November 9, 2013 by Amy Brittain, about a 58-year-old woman with excessive 911 calls, the story link here

The case occurs in Washington DC and the case is being pressed by the city’s Department of Behavioral Health.  In many jurisdictions, the relevant agency would be Adult Protective Services. There are other issues that might create this sort of situation, such as hoarding. 

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