August 26, 2020 Guardianship

How COVID-19 Is Affecting Guardians and Guardianship Attorneys

By Karen P. Campbell

Guardians are accustomed to planning for natural disasters like hurricanes, but COVID-19 caught many guardians by surprise. The pandemic presents unique challenges for guardians and guardianship attorneys. Across the country, assisted living facilities and nursing homes are closed to the public making it impossible for guardians to make in-person visits to ensure persons are receiving appropriate care. Many courts have suspended in-person guardianship proceedings and guardians face complicated issues such as rationing of care among incapacitated COVID-19 patients. Decisions about withdrawal of life support are becoming commonplace and guardians are finding themselves advocating for policies such as how to effectively isolate COVID-19 patients who live in congregate settings.

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