On occasion a family member may exhibit unusual behavior that causes concern for family members. Whenever a loved one is in danger, or behaving in a way that could cause real harm, and/or financial or physical damage to themselves, it is time to consider a guardianship.
A guardianship can be necessary where a person is physically and/or mentally incapacitated and that person never issued a Durable Power of Attorney.
Some situations to watch out for include a loved one who lives alone and refuses to come out, eat properly or bathe, take all their medication, or simply live in a home that is dirty and in complete disarray.
Other examples of unusual behavior that could trigger the necessity of a guardianship include when a loved one begins to get lost, can’t remember where he or she is or how to get home. Is the family member exhibiting signs of dementia, paranoia and/or delusion? Are they physically attacking another household member? Are there signs of financial exploitation or gross mismanagement of their assets?
Failure to intervene in these situations could lead to serious harm.
Whenever an individual is exhibiting unusual or bizarre behavior that is totally uncharacteristic it is time to step in and consider a guardianship. By taking prompt action, you minimize the risk associated with this loved one harming themselves physically and/or financially.