Guardianship of the Elderly: Psychiatric and Judicial Aspects

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Readers receive a basic explanation of guardianship of elderly persons and the process by which it takes place. Through contributions by geriatric psychiatrists, psychologists, attorneys, and judges, this volume provides an understanding of what can occur before, during, and after guardianship. The editors review all aspects of the guardianship process and provide new insights to ensure that the provisions of guardianship are applied in humane and effective ways.

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Overview

Readers receive a basic explanation of guardianship of elderly persons and the process by which it takes place. Through contributions by geriatric psychiatrists, psychologists, attorneys, and judges, this volume provides an understanding of what can occur before, during, and after guardianship. The editors review all aspects of the guardianship process and provide new insights to ensure that the provisions of guardianship are applied in humane and effective ways.

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Reviewer: Giridhar G. Reddy, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a text covering the issue of guardianship of the elderly. The editors and various contributors include prominent geriatric psychiatrists, psychologists, attorneys, and judges from around the United States.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a basic explanation of guardianship of elderly persons and the process by which it takes place.
Audience: The audience includes geriatric psychiatrists, psychologists, attorneys, and judges.
Features: References are adequate and up-to-date. Appropriate case examples are used to illustrate the text
Assessment: With the increasing number of older adults in the United States, issues like guardianship will be encountered more frequently. An elderly person is placed under guardianship due to loss of basic capacities, such as the ability to make decisions. The process involves various disciplines including the health profession, the judiciary system, social services, and nursing homes. This book deals with this often-difficult area in an easy to read manner. It covers comprehensively all the fundamental issues that underlie and define guardianship as well as the major problems inherent in the guardianship of the elderly. Lastly, the editors emphasize that the providing guardianship to the elderly must be applied as humanely as possible.
Giridhar G. Reddy
This is a text covering the issue of guardianship of the elderly. The editors and various contributors include prominent geriatric psychiatrists, psychologists, attorneys, and judges from around the United States. The purpose is to provide a basic explanation of guardianship of elderly persons and the process by which it takes place. The audience includes geriatric psychiatrists, psychologists, attorneys, and judges. References are adequate and up-to-date. Appropriate case examples are used to illustrate the text With the increasing number of older adults in the United States, issues like guardianship will be encountered more frequently. An elderly person is placed under guardianship due to loss of basic capacities, such as the ability to make decisions. The process involves various disciplines including the health profession, the judiciary system, social services, and nursing homes. This book deals with this often-difficult area in an easy to read manner. It covers comprehensively all the fundamental issues that underlie and define guardianship as well as the major problems inherent in the guardianship of the elderly. Lastly, the editors emphasize that the providing guardianship to the elderly must be applied as humanely as possible.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826111760
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Series on Ethics Law and Aging
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 155
  • Product dimensions: 0.35 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 8.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Foreword
Preface
1 Guardianship of the Elderly 3
2 Legal Basis of Guardianship 16
3 Assessing Competency in the Elderly 27
4 Psychiatric Disorders Affecting Competency 41
5 Judicial Process in Guardianship Proceedings 61
6 The Courts 74
7 Judicial Decisions in Guardianship Cases 86
8 Guardianship and Abuse of Dependent Adults 102
9 Monitoring of Guardianship 115
10 Empirical Research on Guardianship 135
Index 149
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