Guardianship is a legal relationship created when a court appoints an individual to care for an elderly person who is no longer able to care for themself. The appointed body is able to make a wide range of personal and medical decisions for the person needing care.
Conservatorship is also a legal relationship however carrying much more limited decision making powers and generally only has the authority to pay bills, make investments, and handle other financial matters.
The Diversion and Care Monitoring Programs were established to ensure that all possible alternatives are explored prior to seeking guardianship or conservatorship. In order to prevent or delay judicial intervention, this program's goal is to effectively and efficiently deliver services to seniors and/or disabled adults who might otherwise be at risk of losing their independence.
A representative payee is a person who manages the Social Security income for a person who is not fully capable of managing their own benefits. The rep payee assist the person with money management, along with providing protection from financial abuse and victimization.
A court appointed guardian or conservator is for individuals who are at-risk or have been victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation and lack the capcity to make decisions or manage their finances in their own best interest. Referrals for our services are reviewed by a volunteer advisory committee before acceptance. Our services are provided to everyone, regardless of background as long as funding is available for establishment and annual court filing costs. Our team are equipped with Certified Guardians and Oregon Certified Professional Fiduciaries.