As you age, so do your parents. Sometimes, the natural aging process brings with it Alzheimer’s or another form of age related dementia. For an adult child, recognizing the signs of dementia can be devastating; yet, failing to recognize them can put your loved one at risk for physical injury or victimization by unscrupulous individuals who prey on the elderly. Although it may be difficult to admit, the time may come when you realize your loved one needs a guardian. Like many other people in your situation, you may initially view guardianship as taking away your parent’s freedom and independence; however, the reality is that failing to pursue guardianship could have severe, even fatal, consequences for your loved one.
Because petitioning for guardianship can be a complicated legal process it is always best to consult with an experienced Illinois elder law attorney as soon as you begin contemplating the need to become a guardian. In the meantime, however, it may be beneficial to gain a basic understanding of what being a guardian means and how you go about becoming a guardian.