How to talk to your parent about guardianship

On Behalf of | Apr 6, 2023 | Guardianships And Conservatorships |

Adult guardianship is a sensitive matter. However, you may need to consider it for your parent, particularly if you have no alternative, for instance, if they have no legal capacity to appoint a power of attorney. If this is your suitable long-term care plan for your parent, you should talk to them. Seeking guardianship for someone who doesn’t want it can make the process more challenging.

Here are three tips to employ. 

Let them understand its importance

Your parent should understand why choosing a court-appointed guardian is best for their case. For instance, you can inform them they lack the legal capacity to designate a power of attorney, hence a guardian.

Of course, this can be uncomfortable, especially if your parent needs a guardian for a delicate reason, such as a mental condition, physical illness/disability or chronic substance use. However, you can find compassionate ways to inform them why guardianship is the best solution.

Listen to them

If possible, you should consider your parent’s opinions. For instance, they may agree to a guardian taking care of them, but not their finances, or they may want the guardian to manage their estate only. Different types of guardianships exist – you will find one that offers the services your parent is willing to receive. However, ensure your parent can make a reasonable preference.

Choose your time wisely 

When you talk to your parent about guardianship matters. You don’t want to do it in the evening when they are tired. In the morning, when they are fresh and the sharpest, can be your best time to bring up this in-depth conversation.

Guardianship is not the first long-term care plan most loved ones choose. But if it’s your parent’s most suitable option, you should obtain adequate information to protect them.