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How To Handle Multiple Birth Dates

How To Handle Multiple Birth Dates

It is not unusual to come across conflicting pieces of information for a client. After all, there are bound to be conflicts every now and again when information is often obtained from multiple sources. What happens when that conflicting piece of information is as important as the client’s date of birth? We once had a woman…

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VA to Confirm Death Before Stopping Benefits

VA to Confirm Death Before Stopping Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently enacted a new policy that will confirm a veteran has actually died before suspending benefits. This comes after the VA realized it wrongly stopped benefits for more than 115 veterans who were still very much alive. Two veterans who had stopped receiving benefits went to the Veterans Advocacy Clinic at Stetson University’s…

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“I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me” – The Good and Bad of Using Nanny Cams

“I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me” – The Good and Bad of Using Nanny Cams

As the Guardian of incapacitated adults, we are often charged with the care, custody and control of every aspect of the client’s life. Simultaneously, we must continually balance many polar-opposite standards – the stated wishes of the client, versus what is in their best interest; the substituted judgment standard; budget constraints; safety, ethical, and family…

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15 Tips to Avoid Growing Complacent as a Guardian

15 Tips to Avoid Growing Complacent as a Guardian

In the beginning of a Guardianship, when we are busy learning all the little nuances about a client, it’s easy to see the world with fresh eyes. After all, they’re a new client, and their world is completely unknown to us. Once we have been the Guardian of a client for an extended period of…

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