Common Questions

How can I help a person who cannot manage their own affairs?

If you are currently helping care for an adult 19 years of age or older who needs assistance with decision making due to dementia, stroke, developmental disability or other condition that has affected their mental capability, there are a few options.

Good starting points include:
  • Adult Guardianship in BC: Private Committeeship and Statutory (Public) Guardianship, from Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry, explains why guardianship happens to adults and how seniors are vulnerable. Learn the differences between private and statutory (the government/state) guardianship. Find out how the Representation Agreement is a legal alternative to adult guardianship.
  • Committeeship, from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, explains what a committee is, what committeeship involves, and what your responsibilities are as a committee.
  • LSLAP Manual: Guardianship, from the UBC Law Students Legal Advice Program, outlines the legal options ranging from proactive personal planning tools to court-appointed guardians.
Need more help?
  • Nidus In-Person or Phone Appointments, from the Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry, will help you determine which documents fit your situation. Appointments are 20 minutes for a fee of $25, sliding scale for low-income.

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Last reviewed January 2015

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