- Make basic life decisions, or
- Manage their own property or money.
This can include:
- Mental decline as a result of aging,
- Mental illness,
- Developmental disability that started as a child,
- Physical impairments, or
- Trouble controlling behavior that puts one's self and family at risk of harm.
There are 3 types of guardianship of adults:
- Guardianship of the person
- Guardianship of the estate
- Representative payeeship for SSI or SSD benefits
Who may become a guardian
To become a guardian, a person must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be a U.S. resident
- Be of sound mind, meaning logical or stable
- Not be legally disabled
- Not have a felony conviction that involved harm or threat to a child
A person's blindness cannot by itself prevent them from becoming a guardian.