The health care industry has never been more effective than it is right now. Trauma specialists can achieve incredible things, and oncologists can treat cancers that were almost always fatal just a few decades ago.
You likely want your parents to stay as healthy as they can for as long as possible as they age. Unfortunately, sometimes the mind starts to go before the body, which will then, in turn, affect the care that they may be willing to receive.
A parent experiencing significant cognitive decline may not make good decisions about their own health care or might just fail to seek treatment. A guardianship could help you protect your loved ones if they aren’t making good decisions about their own medical care.
Minnesota guardians have medical authority
If the Minnesota courts name you as your parent’s guardian due to their incapacitation, you assume responsibility for their personal life and decisions. You can decide where they live and also what kind of medical treatment they receive.
That authority can be particularly important if your loved one has become opposed to leaving the house or seeing a doctor anymore. They may be aware of their declining mental faculties and worried about what a diagnosis might mean for their future. With a guardianship, you have the authority to make decisions that would best protect your loved one even if they don’t understand the situation.
Pursuing a guardianship can be the right choice when you know that your loved one no longer acts in their own best interest.