Public Guardianship Program
Court-Appointed Medical and Financial Management

 

The Tennessee Public Guardianship for the Elderly program ensures the health and welfare of some of the state’s most vulnerable residents by serving as the court-appointed guardian for individuals age 60 and over who, due to physical or mental limitations, are unable to make personal decisions regarding their health and financial resources.

The court utilizes the program as a public option of last resort for individuals who have no other family member, friend, bank or corporation willing, able or suitable to act on their behalf. This program is funded by the State of Tennessee and administrated by the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability. The program is available in all 95 counties through the local grantee agency of the Area Agency on Aging and Disability (AAAD).

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WHAT IS THE PUBLIC GUARDIAN PROGRAM?
The Tennessee Public Guardianship for the Elderly program ensures the health and welfare of some of the state’s most vulnerable residents by serving as the court-appointed guardian for individuals age 60 and over who, due to physical or mental limitations, are unable to make personal decisions regarding their health and financial resources. CLICK HERE to learn more.

WHAT DOES THE PUBLIC GUARDIAN DO FOR CLIENTS?
There are several types of public guardianship. CLICK HERE to learn more.

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE CLIENT'S HOUSE AND OTHER FINANCIAL ASSETS?

Once appointed for those in need of assistance with financial and/or healthcare assistance, the Public Guardian becomes responsible for the decision making.  They are expected to do what the client wants if possible and if not, the Guardian must adhere to the best interest of their client.  CLICK HERE  to learn more.

WHO OVERSEES THIS PROGRAM?
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CAN I VOLUNTEER TO VISIT PUBLIC GUARDIAN CLIENTS?
Clients of the Public Guardianship Program are often frail and confined to assisted-living or other long-term-care facilities. In addition, they may be estranged from family members, or simply have no family or friends able to visit them. Volunteers are desperately needed to visit these wards monthly and provide them with a friendly face and a little conversation. CLICK HERE to learn more.