To protect those who are at risk of abuse, neglect and/or financial exploitation, a Court of Law appoints Family Eldercare to be legal guardian of persons who lack the mental capacity to make decisions (due to age, illness or disability) and have no appropriate family or friends to act in that capacity. Our professional care managers, who have the designation of Texas Certified Guardians, serve as guardian agents for hundreds of clients each year. Care managers train and support volunteer guardian advocates, who are matched one on one with clients to assure their needs are being met.
The program benefits from the support of the Probate and Estate Committee of the Travis County Bar Association and Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, as well as an Ethics Committee comprised of community leaders, attorneys, nurses and physicians.
Guardianship services may be provided for a person, an estate, or both.
Guardian of Person. Family Eldercare is court-appointed to make decisions on behalf of the client regarding medical treatment, residential placement, and other matters regarding care and safety. As Guardian, Family Eldercare advocates for the best possible quality of life for our clients. The agency reports directly to the appointing Court on an annual basis regarding the care and condition of the client. When necessary, Family Eldercare also becomes the representative payee for the client’s government benefits.
Guardian of Estate. Family Eldercare is appointed by a Court of Law to make decisions about the estate of the client. This includes managing the client's assets and paying bills from the client's account with court approval.
Family Eldercare provides guardianship services without a fee for low-income elders and people with disabilities who qualify. Guardianship is also provided on a fee-for-service basis for those who can pay. Fees are set by state law and are subject to the Court's approval. Referrals are carefully screened for appropriateness of the service and least restrictive alternatives to guardianship. Referrals must be submitted with appropriate medical evidence.
Family Eldercare has an ongoing need for volunteers to serve as guardian advocates for elders and people with disabilities. Excellent training is provided. Discover how you can make a difference in only a few hours a month.