Major Responsibilities of the Public Administrator as Guardian/Conservator
•Advocacy- housing and living provisions, occupational needs, entitlements and benefits, religious liberties and medical necessities.
•Concurrent assessment of need to continue guardian/conservatorship.
•Restoration of Right when deemed appropriate
Public Administrators engage in Surrogate Decision Making as the National Guardianship Association suggests.
Substituted judgment is used to determine what the client would have likely chosen. This principle protects the autonomy, standards, principles and perspectives of the ward/protectee/client. As informed consent is the full disclosure of facts; decisions are based on systematic criteria inclusive of collecting information from the ward, family and friends, along with medical and social supports. The Principal of Best Interest is applied when the wards choices are unable to be determined due to the severity of the incapacitation of the individual limiting communication or lack of family.
Public Administrators employ working knowledge of service providers and services and resources available. The guardian works as coordinator and monitor of services through retaining control of medical and personal care planning of each ward. Care plans are conducted quarterly to ensure the client's best interests are the focal point and needs assessments are conducting to ensure client's needs are being met. A fiduciary relationship is created between the conservator and the protectee. As the financial manager, decision are based upon only the best interest of the ward in such manner as to avoid conflict of interest. All relationships affecting both ward and guardian/conservator are to be kept solely professional and any inappropriate interactions are to be immediately remedied.