Four Common Types of Guardians for Adults in Florida


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When it comes to adult guardianship in Florida, there are four common types of guardians. Depending on the client’s particular needs, one type of Guardian may be better suited for a specific case than another.


Here is a breakdown of each of the common types of Guardians for adults in the State of Florida:


Professional Guardian: Most commonly involved when there are no willing, interested, appropriate, or available family or friends able to serve as Guardian. A Professional Guardian is also often appointed when there are multiple feuding family members all wanting to be the guardian, and the courts determine that an independent, Professional Guardian is the better option.


Public Guardian: A State recognized entity, usually a non-profit agency, funded through public and grant dollars. Public Guardians serve individuals with little to no assets, usually referred to as Pro-Bono clients.


Family Guardian: (In this context as relating to adults only) A family member or friend who is willing, able, and appropriate to serve as the guardian for the individual who is in need of a decision maker for the Person and/or Property.


Corporate Guardian – Of the Property: This is usually a trust entity, like a bank or trust department of a financial institution, managing the funds and assets of an individual determined to be unable to handle their own financial affairs.

Airport Tips for Guardianship Clients and Senior / Disabled Individuals Wheelchair Watering Hole

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As a guardian or advocate, there are times when we work toward setting up out of state travel for our clients. Along with the legal legwork that may have to be done, such as obtaining the proper orders allowing travel, we have discovered some great tips for helping guardianship clients navigate through the airport. These tips can work well for elderly and/or disabled individuals as well.


When individuals need additional assistance at the airport to get to and from the gate, a special pass can be assigned allowing one person access to accompany the traveling individual through the airport. However, the pass is not available at all times. When the threat level through Homeland Security is heightened, passes may not be allowed.


Another way to ensure the client (or senior / disabled individual) makes it safely to the gate is to request a wheelchair. Once obtained, an airport staff member will wheel the individual to the gate. This option works well when assistance passes are not being offered at the airport.


If you are in doubt as to the best way to get your guardianship client or senior / disabled individual safely to their gate at the airport, consider coordinating both a wheelchair and an assistance pass. That way, no matter what is going on in the airport that day, there will be an option available to ensure the individual navigates the airport without issue, hopefully.

New DEA Regulations for Hydrocodone-Combination Prescriptions Change in Hydrocodone Regulations

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In September, 2014 we received a notice from a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan informing us that there will be changes to the way the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regulates hydrocodone-combination drugs.


As of October 6, 2014, the DEA will move hydrocodone-combinations from a Schedule III drug to a Schedule II drug. What’s the difference?

  • Schedule III drugs are those with low to medium potential for abuse or addiction
  • Schedule II drugs are those with a high potential for abuse or addiction, and are considered dangerous

What does this mean to individuals taking hydrocodone-combination medications? They will need to get a new prescription from their provider, as their current prescription may not be valid at the pharmacy after October 6, 2014.