Alternatives to Guardianship and Conservatorship for Adults in Iowa, Revised 2006

(2006) Alternatives to Guardianship and Conservatorship for Adults in Iowa, Revised 2006. Aging, Department of (Elder Affairs, Department of)

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Abstract

Independence, respect, and equality are values important to all people. These values help define the concepts of autonomy (independence and freedom) and self-determination (the right to make decisions for one’s self). Because these rights are so valued in our society and are something that most of us would value for ourselves, the “least restrictive alternative” should always be considered before taking away a person’s civil and legal rights to make decisions for him or herself. The least restrictive alternative is an option, which allows a person to keep as much autonomy, and self-determination as possible while providing only the level of protection and supervision that is necessary. Some examples may include: representative payee for certain government benefit checks, joint bank accounts or advance directives for health care.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Guardianship, conservatorship, elder affairs
Subjects: Social issues and programs > Aging
Social issues and programs
ID Code: 9369
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 16 Mar 2010 18:41
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2010 18:41
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/9369

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