|What is the Public Guardianship Program? What is the first step?
The Public Guardianship for the Elderly Program was established in 1986 by the Tennessee General Assembly for that purpose. The primary purpose of the program is to provide conservatorship services to persons 60 years of age and older, who are unable to manage their own affairs, and who have no family member, friend, bank or corporation willing and able to act on their behalf. This service is available in all 95 counties of the state through District Public Conservators located at all nine Tennessee Area Agencies on Aging and Disability.
Individuals interested in conservatorship services for persons 60 years of age and older should contact the office by calling 901-222-4100 and request an application. After the application is received, reviewed and accepted, confirmation will be sent to the person completing the application form with instructions on the next step in the process.
Remember a conservatorship appointment involves taking away the right of self-determination. It is recommended that all available alternatives be explored thoroughly before choosing this course of action. Consultation with doctors, attorneys and social workers may help in this decision.
The Office of the Public Conservator solicits volunteers to help with the many daily tasks and responsibilities that are assigned by the court. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer guardian, you can call 901-222-4100 and ask for a volunteer application.