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Guardianship and Alternatives

Guardianship is designed to protect and promote the well-being of those whose functional limitations prevent them from making their own decisions.

Guardianship is a legal relationship between a competent adult and a person over the age of 18 whose disability causes incompetency (a ward).

A ward is a person who by reason of incapacity (as a minor or incompetency) is under the control of a guardian.

Guardianship is usually sought by family members, social service agencies, or health care providers whose purpose is to protect the ward. Guardians other than family members may be appointed by the court.

Guardianship can be requested by anyone who is interested in the proposed ward`s well-being. In most instances, an attorney is retained to file a petition in the probate court in the county of residence of the ward. The proposed ward is entitled to legal representation at the hearing. The Court will appoint an attorney if the proposed ward does not have an attorney.

Guardianship Programs

These agencies offer opportunities for volunteers to serve as volunteer guardians for incompetent indigent older adults. Training and support is provided by the agency.

Cincinnati Area Senior Services
644 Linn Street, Suite 1020
Cincinnati, OH 45203

1900 Fairgrove Avenue (Route 4)
Hamilton, OH 45011

Alternatives to Guardianship

Representative or Protective Payee is a person who is appointed to manage Social Security, Veterans` Administration, Railroad Retirement, Welfare Assistance or other State or Federal benefits or entitlement program payments on behalf of an individual.

The Protective Payee Program`s mission is to keep the most vulnerable of clients from becoming homeless and to provide them with necessities such as food and shelter. Potential clients include any developmentally-disabled person who cannot manage his or her income to meet basic needs, and who has no family. Referrals come from mental health and developmental disability agencies.

Cincinnati Area Senior Services Representative Payee

FreeStore FoodBank
Client Services Center
112 E. Liberty Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202


ProSeniors Alternatives to Guardianship Fact Sheet
ProSeniors Guardianship Fact Sheet
Ohio Bar Association Fact Sheets

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Cincinnati Area Senior Services, Inc

2368 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati , OH  45206
Phone: (513) 721-4330
Phone Extension:
Area(s) Served: Hamilton County Contracted Provider: Elderly Services Program, PASSPORT and Title III
Description:   Cincinnati Area Senior Services, Inc. is a contracted provider of Council on Aging offering the following services:  home-delivered meals (therapeutic available) medical transportation congregate meals recreation supportive service... read more
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FreeStore FoodBank

112 E Liberty Street
Cincinnati , OH  45202

Phone: 513-241-1064
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Hamilton County Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   What is the Freestore Foodbank? The Freestore Foodbank is the largest emergency food provider in the Tri-State area, serving a 20 county region in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.  Freestore Foodbank  solicits, collects, purchases and stores ... read more
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1900 Fairgrove Avenue
Hamilton , OH  45011
Phone: 513.868.3210
Phone Extension:
Area(s) Served: Butler County,
Warren County
Contracted Provider: Elderly Services Program
Description:     LifeSpan is a private non-profit social service agency dedicated to improving the quality of lives throughout the Ohio Counties of Butler and Warren. LifeSpan's programs reach those of all ages, backgrounds and income levels through o... read more
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National Healthcare Decisions Day

Phone: N/A
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Nationwide Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   This website provides access to helpful information and forms to help individuals and families in planning for their healthcare needs and wishes.  Mission National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate and empower t... read more
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Ohio Guardianship Association

PO Box 298114
Columbus , Ohio  43229
Phone: N/A
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Statewide Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   The Ohio Guardianship Association consists of individual and organizational members who serve as leaders and catalysts in advocacy and ethical guardianship practices throughout the state. The mission of the Ohio Guardianship Association is to prom... read more
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Ohio State Bar Association

1700 Lake Shore Drive
Columbus , OH  43204
Phone: 800-282-6556
Phone Extension:
Area(s) Served: Statewide Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   The OSBA provides a great deal of general information about all aspects of the law for members of the public, including handbooks, pamphlets, newspaper columns, programs, and information about attorneys. This information is offered free of charge and... read more
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Personal Guardianship Services

P.O. Box 46465
Cincinnati , Ohio  45246
Phone: 513-821-5500
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Warren County,
Clermont County,
Montgomery County,
Hamilton County
Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   Personal Guardianship Services Inc. (PGS) is a private non-profit agency started May 13, 2003 to meet the needs of individuals, who have been found incompetent by the local Probate Court. Once appointed guardian, the PGS staff guardian visits the ... read more

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