Guardianship is an extreme form of intervention in another person’s life because control over personal and/or financial decisions is transferred to someone else for an indefinite, often permanent, period of time. Once established, it can be difficult to revoke. Therefore, guardianship should be used only as a last resort.
Less restrictive alternatives that can maintain the person safely in the community should be pursued. The following are common alternatives to guardianship that should be explored before determining that a guardianship or even a limited guardianship is necessary.