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United Way of Allegheny County
Description of Service
Provides guardianship services to persons who are 60+ in age, low income, are not initially institutionalized and meet the Department of Aging criteria. Referrals come from the Department of Aging, the courts, physicians, and other interested parties.
Public Guardianship Program: individuals over the age of 60 years who have no other responsible caregiver.
These Guardians of Estate spend their days marshalling the assets of their assigned clients. On any given day, they may be cleaning out the apartment or home of a client and preparing the property for sale. They pay the bills for the clients. If needed, they will make the arrangements for burial for the clients. Each guardian has a “fiduciary duty” to protect the rights and property of their clients.
The Guardians of Person are responsible to the clients for meeting their day-to-day needs for safe placement and appropriate medical care. They visit the clients on a regular basis, sometimes doing grocery shopping, arranging and accompanying them to medical appointments and often having to seek alternate living situations for their clients. There are times when the Guardian of Person is the only “family” for a client.
Allegheny, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland counties
Referral may be required from the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging.
Individuals 60 years of age and older who lack the physical and/or mental capacity to protect themselves from imminent risk such as physical or psychological abuse, caregiver neglect, financial exploitation, abandonment, or self neglect.