...HELP 'FILL THE GAP' WITH LOVE FOR THOSE WHO CAN NO LONGER CARE FOR THEMSELVES- BECOME A GAP VOLUNTEER.
The mission of Marshall County Guardianship Program is to enhance the quality of life for adults living in Marshall County who have been deemed a ward of the court.
The Guardianship Program provides qualified, trained, volunteers for appointment by the court to serve as concerned, caring advocates and surrogate decision-makers, relating to an incapacitated person's health, support, and well being.
WHO WE ARE
GAP Marshall County Guardianship Program was formed in 2009 due to an increase in adults being deemed incapacitated and in need of someone to help them make daily decisions. GAP recruits, trains, and assists Volunteers to act as legal guardians.
A guardian is responsible for a person's well being- safety, health, and quality of life. Guardians advocate for the individuals or wards by protecting their rights, offering them assistance with overcoming limitations, and being aware of services available to them.
A volunteer guardian is NOT responsible for property or finances.
- become personally acquainted and know the ward
-maintain contact with ward to know wants and needs
- establish place of residency as needed
-consent to medical or other treatments of ward (guardian is not liable for medical staff and/or procedures)
TO BECOME A GUARDIAN...
-successfully complete an application, background release, and Adult State Registry for abuse
-participate in 2-hour training course
-await a match with a ward in need of a guardian.
Every effort is made to address the needs of the ward and the personalities/desires of the guardian
A specific volunteer must be named as the guardian in a court order.
GUARDIANSHIP ENDS WHEN...
- the ward becomes deceased
-the guardian officially resigns
- the ward's incapacity terminates through a court order