Volunteer Guardians are substitute decision-makers for people who have mental disabilities and are unable to make informed personal decisions in their own best interest.
Guardians do many things to ensure the quality of life for the people they serve. They make informed, major life decisions concerning medical care, therapies, living environments, and even funeral arrangements. But, guardians also do the "little things" – and the little things mean a lot.
How Can You Help?
If you have the time and the desire to protect and advocate for someone who cannot speak for him or herself, consider volunteering. You can make a difference in the life of a person who may be lonely and vulnerable and who may have no visitors or others involved in his or her life.
Who Can Volunteer?
Caring, committed adults who are at least 21 years old, have good communication skills, and reliable transportation. You must live or work in Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Fairfield or Pickaway Counties.
What Will You Do?
Become "guardian of the person" for individuals whose mental impairment so incapacitates them that they are unable to care for themselves or make sound personal decisions.
Where Are You Needed?
A special emphasis is being placed on serving residents of nursing homes in Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Fairfield and Pickaway Counties.
You will have:
- Support, training and technical assistance from the staff of the Volunteer Guardian Program.
- A volunteer attorney will be assigned to give you legal advice concerning the management of the guardianship.
- Formal Statutory authority granted by the Probate Court.
- The satisfaction of enhancing the quality of life for another human being.
For more Volunteer Guardian information
contact us at 1-800-589-7277 or 614-645-7250
Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
In Fairfield & Pickaway Counties you can also call
Karen Bishop-Hill, MS, RN, ACCNP is one of your fellow Volunteer Guardians. She received recognition for her work in Hematology. She is recognized for her compassion for her patients as well as the others around her. Watch a video on her recognition.