Those individuals in Massachusetts and elsewhere who are appointed as guardians of adults have a number of responsibilities. After all, incapacitated adults depend on these individuals to make many important medical and personal decisions for them -- among other things, -- which is no small feat. What are some of the duties and responsibilities assigned to guardians, and are there any limits to their decision making powers?
The list of a guardians duties and responsibilities is fairly extensive. What is on this list may vary depending on the limitations of the individual placed in a guardian's care. However, common responsibilities include:
- Providing for everyday needs
- Advocating for legal rights
- Making decisions about medical care and treatment
- Ensuring living environment is safe and appropriate