SRA Public Guardian Program of Indian River County
Guardianship is an agreement authorized by the court under which a person (guardian) has the legal right and duty to care for an incapacitated person (ward). The court may also authorize a guardian to manage an incapacitated person’s property and financial affairs under an agreement called a conservatorship.
The Office of Public & Professional Guardians (OPPG) housed within the Department of Elder Affairs appoints local guardian offices as directed by statute to provide guardianship services to persons who do not have adequate income or assets to afford a private guardian and there is no willing family or friend to assist them. Senior Resource Association is the local appointed office that provides guardianship services to incapacitated adults of limited financial means in Indian River County who may be subject to abuse and neglect because they lack someone who is willing or able to monitor and advocate for them. Through a guardian appointed to each case, an individualized care plan for medical and mental health treatment, social services and residential placement is established and filed with the court on behalf of our clients.
SRA Public Guardian Program of Indian River County is critical to our community because it serves a vulnerable population. The advocacy provided by our organization helps ensure application of benefits to defray the cost of care and appropriate utilization of existing healthcare resources. In addition to funding from OPPG, funding from Indian River County Hospital District and John’s Island Community Service League enables us to serve even more clients, therefore benefiting our community as a whole.
GUARDIANSHIP SERVICES INCLUDE:
- Preparation and filing of legal paperwork required for guardianship
- Attend Court hearings
- Miscellaneous legal issues
- Selling real estate, motor vehicles, and other assets when required
- Probate Matters including administration of estates
- Approving appropriate medical procedures
- Making appropriate end-of-life decisions such as hospice or DNR when it’s in the best interest of the ward
- Authorizing or monitoring medications
- Arranging nursing home placements
- Arranging in-home services for the wards
- Working with family members
- Oversight and arranging for purchase of personal items
- Setting up prearranged/prepaid funeral services
- Open and maintain bank accounts
- Receipt and payment of ward’s bills
- Obtain and/or maintain insurance coverage when appropriate
- Serving as Guardian of Estate or Conservator
- Serving as Representative Payee handling receipt and oversight of Social Security benefits
- Serving as VA Fiduciary handling of Veteran benefits.
- Applying for and maintaining health benefits
- Preserving assets to the greatest extent possible
For more information about Public Guardianship, please contact Daniele Titsler, Guardian Manager at 772-569-0760.