In the Best Interests of Incapacitated People?
By 2020, the United States will have 54 million citizens over 65, with one in eight of those suffering from Alzheimer's. Meanwhile medical advancements are dramatically changing the options for chronic conditions and end-of-life care, while increased mobility makes it less likely for families to be together. These are just some of the factors that show how important it is to have strong laws regarding public guardianship on the books across the United States.
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This book offers the first full examination of the legal role of public guardianship in 25 years, comparing current conditions to those when the last study was published in 1981.
Public Guardianship: In the Best Interests of Incapacitated People? is written to advance public understanding of what happens to disabled and elderly adults when no family member or friend is available to be a caregiver or guardian should it become necessary. It is the first major study on this critically important issue since 1981. Conducted by experts in gerontology, social work, public policy, and public health, it finds that, although progress has been made, guardianship programs around the country still are hampered by limited staff and resources.
Public Guardianship analyzes the full range of state statutes governing guardianship, including guardian eligibility, investigation, due process, rights, powers, costs, and monitoring. The authors report their case studies of public guardianship programs, marshaling and comparing field data from their surveys of stakeholders in ten states. The book concludes with a variety of recommendations for improving guardianship programs, including the authors’ Model Public Guardian Act.
- Includes case studies on public guardianship programs in ten different states
- Offers bibliographic listings of works cited in the text
- Presents tables and charts showing important data
- Provides the first exhaustive analysis of public guardianship laws and programs since 1981, highlighting areas of progress and areas that need improvement
- Draws on real case studies and news stories to show the real impact of state guardianship programs
- Shows the impact on guardianship of the great improvements in health care that mean longer lives for seniors and the disabled
- Provides expert recommendations for improving guardianship laws and programs