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Senior Times - August 2020 Guardian
FINANCE & ADVOCACY
Robert Copeland, CEO, Special to Senior Times PRE-PLANNING: THE
  Empowering Lives, Guiding Futures
 Here to Help with life’s challenges
Guardian Finance and Advocacy Services (Guardian) has been a trusted service provider in Southwest Michigan since 1966.As a 501( c )3 nonprofit corporation, our professional and compassionate staff provides a complete network of public fiduciary services to improve the lives of more than 1,200 clients each year.
Our core business has historically been in the court-appointed services of guardian- ship and conservatorship, though we also serve as representative payee, by appoint- ment of the Social Security Administration, andVA fiduciary, by appointment of the Veterans Administration.
Money Management Trust Management VA Fiduciary Guardianship
We are seeking to grow our services for the general public.These include trust management, financial power of attorney agreements, and money management programs, preventive offerings that can help people remain independent, avoid financial crisis, and prevent the need for court intervention.
We are a social enterprise driven by our nonprofit mission, and simultaneously working to maintain our successful business. Our services are supported
by client fees that are necessary to cover service costs, and our fee schedule is adjusted to accommodate each client’s ability to pay.
• Financial Power of Attorney • Special Needs Trust
• Representative Payee
• Conservatorship
 Visit our website for more information www.yourguardian.org
693 Capital Ave. SW, Unit #3 Battle Creek, MI 49015
269-963-3253
                     TIME IS NOW
The topic of pre-planning is near and dear to us at Guardian Finance and Advocacy Services. We all too often have little information about
the individual for whom we are now expected to make life decisions once appointed as his or her legal guardian. It is so much easier to ensure we are caring for those we serve according
to their wishes when the information is already in place. Our role is then to simply follow the plans each individu- al has established for him or herself.
Many of us delay completing end- of-life planning because we feel it
is too early to think about such pro- cesses or do not want to think about what those processes might mean. Alternatively, we might not be sick yet or believe we will have time to do it tomorrow. The fact is that you will never know when you will need yours to be ready.
designation also allows you to write down your personal wishes. You will want to take your time completing this element and carefully consider your options for each of the difficult situations. Think about the treatment you would like under various cir- cumstances, then make note of which life-sustaining measures you would be comfortable receiving and which you are not comfortable undergoing.
 The best time to finish your advance care planning is right now – before that need arises.
You will want to share your com- pleted advance directive documents with several important people, includ- ing your primary care physician, designated patient advocate, and other family members. This would
 Consider what happens if you
were to suddenly become incapaci- tated, struck by an illness or injury that might leave you unable to make important healthcare decisions for yourself. You may want to write down your preferred care plan in an advance directive to prepare for that possibil- ity, as doing so will help ensure your wishes are honored. There are many types of advance directives with dif- ferent names, including healthcare power of attorney, patient advocate designation forms, and do not resusci- tate orders, among others.
be a great opportunity to talk to your immediate family and/or close friends, too, so you can inform them all of the decisions you have made and ensure everyone hears the same thing. This hopefully leads to you getting the best care when the time comes, and mini- mize misinterpretation regarding your choices.
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 The Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program published a brochure a few years back that does a good job explaining advance direc- tives and provides sample fillable forms. (https://www.michigan.gov/ documents/miseniors/Advance_ Directives_230752_7.pdf).
Studies have shown that indi- viduals who plan out their health- care and end-of-life wishes spend less time in hospitals, receive fewer intensive treatments, and have an overall greater quality of life. In addition, their loved ones experience lower rates of stress, anxiety and depression during
an already-difficult time, making advance directives a win-win for everyone involved.
Guardian Finance and Advocacy Services, a local 501 (c) 3 nonprof- it corporation, has been serving as a trusted public fiduciary since its founding in 1966. Its mission is to bring dignity, safety and stability to all those served.
 The patient advocate designation form allows you to select a patient advocate to carry out your wishes or makes decisions about your care, but only when you are so ill or injured that you are unable to do so on your own. This individual is typically a spouse, adult child or close friend, but should be someone you trust, who can handle the responsibility, and who is willing to serve in such a capacity.
 Filling out a patient advocate
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