A Few Changes in Guardianship – July, 2014 Newsletter

 

Chronicles of a Professional Guardian

 

Serving as Care Managers, Elderly & Disabled Life Care Plan Assessors, and providing Professional Guardian services in Central Florida for over 20 years, we have discovered unique solutions to many difficult problems.

 

We are continuing our tradition of giving back by sharing our knowledge in the hopes that this information can help others to better serve and care for our elderly and disabled population.

 


A Few Changes in Guardianship

 

Did you know that there are some changes being made to the laws and orders surrounding Professional Guardianship in Florida?

 

In this month’s newsletter, we would like to explore a few recent changes that you may have heard about.

 

Lake County

 

On May 1, 2014 an Administrative Order was signed into effect in Lake County allowing Professional Guardians working in the county to charge a rate of $50 per hour for their services, or $55 per hour if they have 5+ years of experience. The rate was increased from the previous amount of $45 per hour.

 

While it may not seem like a lot, this $10 per hour increase is a big deal for Professional Guardians working in Lake County, who have been seeking a rate increase for years. These Guardians have had the same rates since July 14, 2006.

 

Statewide

 

A new bill, CS/CS/CS/CB 634- Guardianship, was put into effect July 1, 2014, expanding the authority of the Clerk of the Court to oversee Guardians.

 

The bill applies to “Revises provisions relating to requirements for & court authority concerning requirements for specified guardians to submit to credit history investigation & background screening; authorizes nonprofessional guardian to petition court for reimbursement for costs of investigation & screening; authorizes clerk of court to obtain & review records impacting guardianship assets & to issue subpoenas to nonparties upon application to court; provides requirements for affidavits, notice, & subpoenas; provides for objection to subpoena; authorizes court to require production of records & documents by guardian who fails to submit them during audit; provides for removal of guardian for bad faith failure to submit records during audit; provides that person seeking appointment as guardian may not lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge arrests covered by expunged or sealed record.”

 

Source: http://www.myfloridahouse.org/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51743

 

Parts of this bill aren’t a big deal, such as the Guardian submitting to a credit history investigation and background screening, because Guardians already do regularly when maintaining their registration with the Statewide Public Guardianship Office (SPGO).

 

Other parts of the bill, however, may be of concern. While the extended powers to the Clerks could be a good thing, it can also be a double edge sword as it could open up the potential for an abuse of powers.

 

However, one of the biggest concerns surrounds requiring potential Guardians to acknowledge arrests and records that are expunged. Typically, legal records are sealed for a reason and are not supposed to be used against you in the future. However, this part of the bill negates the laws surrounding sealed records. To date, we are unsure of how this is lawful, and how this will work in reality.

 

Click here to read information from the Florida Senate, outlining the particulars of this bill.

 

What do you think about these changes? What are your concerns about how they may affect you or other Guardians? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

 


Did You Know?

 

That there was a HUGE increase in Medicaid’s Personal Needs Allowance (PNA) for Medicaid Institutional Care Program (ICP) recipients?

 

For many years, individuals on ICP were only allowed to keep $35 of income for personal needs. However, the July 2014 SSI-Related Programs – Financial Eligibility Standards chart now shows a big increase, allowing individuals to keep $105 as their PNA.

 

Click here to view the new chart.

 


GSI Update

 

Upcoming GSI Events

  • Thursday July 10, 2014 – Have you heard, GSI will host a return engagement at the FSGA 2014 Conference, held at the lovely Vinoy in St. Petersburg. This will be a pre-conference intensive held on Thursday 7/10/2014.

Haven’t registered for the conference pre-intensive? You still have time. Go to FSGA’s website, and register for GSI when you register for the conference.

 

Past GSI Events

  • Tuesday April 22, 2014 at 10 am and 1 pm – One Senior Place in Altamonte Springs
  • Thursday March 27, 2014 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am, and again from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Sontata at Melbourne – Hosted by the Space Coast Chapter of FSGA

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A big THANK YOU to our generous sponsor, Guardian Trust. Without them, GSI wouldn’t be possible.

 

 

 


Community Events

 

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The Same Conference, A Difference Course – GSI at the FSGA Conference – June, 2014 Newsletter

 

Chronicles of a Professional Guardian

 

Serving as Care Managers, Elderly & Disabled Life Care Plan Assessors, and providing Professional Guardian services in Central Florida for over 20 years, we have discovered unique solutions to many difficult problems.

 

We are continuing our tradition of giving back by sharing our knowledge in the hopes that this information can help others to better serve and care for our elderly and disabled population.

 


The Same Conference, A Different Course – GSI at the FSGA Conference

 

OrlandoGuardian.com GSI Trailer

GSI Trailer

Each year in late summer, the annual Florida State Guardianship Association (FSGA) Conference takes place in different venues around the state. This year, the conference is being held at the beautiful Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg from July 10 – 12, 2014.

 

We are pleased to announce that GSI has been invited to return as a pre-conference intensive. Our courses run prior to the big event on Thursday 7/10/2014, and are a great way to get your head in the right space for the conference.

 

You don’t want to miss this year’s GSI courses, even if you attended last year. That’s because we’ve upped the game with new scenarios, more advanced clues, tougher issues to wrestle with, and a few surprises. This year, we are featuring 2 concurrent courses, one inside and one outside.

 

The inside course will consist of not one, but two different locations as you travel from a hospital to a condo to experience a more realistic portrayal of what Guardians actually do on a daily basis. There’s even going to be a special guest appearance.

 

Outside, in our rolling classroom, you will visit the home of a couple who lives in an RV where you’ll gather clues outside a traditional ALF or apartment setting.

 

But it’s not just the settings that make the courses different this year. We’ve added more medical information, unique property clues, financial treasure hunting, tougher social and ethical dilemmas, and lots of legal quandaries.

 

While you will learn great information at either course, consider attending both for an in-depth experience that is sure to stay with you. This is one pre-conference intensive you don’t want to miss at the FSGA conference this year.

 

The GSI Pre-Intensive Schedule is as follows.

 

Thursday, July 10th:

  • 9a – 11 am breakout session #5a
  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm breakout session #5b
  • 3 – 5 pm breakout session #5c

We’d like to take a moment to give thanks to FSGA for inviting us back for another year. And as always, thank you to Guardian Trust, without your sponsorship, GSI wouldn’t have become a reality.

 


GSI Update

 

GSI is gearing up for the 2014 conference season. Here’s where we’ll be next.

 

If there is an event you would like to attend, please remember to register on our website at www.gsi-experience.com.

 

Note: Courses are free for all government employees (federal, state, county, and city), and for any non-profit employees or volunteers. Just choose the free option when registering, and remember to bring your company ID for verification.

 

Upcoming GSI Events

  • Thursday July 10, 2014 – Have you heard, GSI will host a return engagement at the FSGA 2014 Conference, held at the lovely Vinoy in St. Petersburg. This will be a pre-conference intensive held on Thursday 7/10/2014.

 

Past GSI Events

  • Tuesday April 22, 2014 at 10 am and 1 pm – One Senior Place in Altamonte Springs
  • Thursday March 27, 2014 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am, and again from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Sontata at Melbourne – Hosted by the Space Coast Chapter of FSGA

guardian-trust-logo

 

A big THANK YOU to our generous sponsor, Guardian Trust. Without them, GSI wouldn’t be possible.

 


Community Events

 

Click on the event for additional information.

 

What Happens When a Client Can’t Take Care of Their Pet? May, 2014 Newsletter

 

Chronicles of a Professional Guardian

 

Serving as Care Managers, Elderly & Disabled Life Care Plan Assessors, and providing Professional Guardian services in Central Florida for over 20 years, we have discovered unique solutions to many difficult problems.

 

We are continuing our tradition of giving back by sharing our knowledge in the hopes that this information can help others to better serve and care for our elderly and disabled population.

 


What Happens When a Client Can’t Take Care of Their Pet?

 
If you have visited the Guardian Care office lately, you may have noticed something out of the ordinary – pets roaming the hallways.

GCMBS Cat

Guardian Care Cat “Whiskers”

 

Since 2012, we have had a kitty named Whiskers* in our “day care program,” and recently we acquired a new resident, a bird named George*. Don’t worry – they are in different offices. (*Names changed to protect the innocent).

 

These pets are beloved babies of our clients, and just like many other animals throughout the years, they came to stay with us when the client could no longer adequately care for them.

 

It has always been our policy that when a pet can no longer reside with their pet-parent, we try our hardest to find that pet-baby a home. We look to family members, friends, and neighbors of the client to see if they are willing to take care of the animal. However, many times there is no family or friends willing to permanently take care of the pet.

 

It is the Guardian’s responsibility to take care of the client’s life, including their pets. So what are they to do when they can’t find anyone to care for the pet?

 

Guardian Care Bird "George"

Guardian Care Bird “George”

Every Guardian must answer this question for themselves. Being animal lovers, our perspective about rescue, animal control, and the SPCA is that it is often a one way door, an avenue that often means the pet is put down. While we are fine adopting animals from these places, we try VERY hard to never take a client’s pet to one of these places.

 

But for us, if we can’t find a suitable home from someone the client knows, we turn to our office staff. And when that doesn’t work, I’ve been known to adopt a pet or two over the years.

 

I consider myself lucky that my staff feels the way I do, and that they are willing to pitch in where needed, even when it means taking care of (and falling in love with) a client’s pet, usually for the rest of its days.

 

That’s why Guardian Care has always been a pet friendly company. Whether we’re 2 legged, 4 legged, winged, or tailed, none of us should ever face abandonment, even if we are a bit older, are grumpy from time to time, and don’t smell so yummy.

 


Did You Know?

 

The Managed Medical Assistance portion of the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Program will be implemented between May and August of 2014? Depending on which Medicaid Region you are in, you may have already seen letters about the SMMC program.

 

To find out more information, visit AHCA’s website. You may also want to read the Program Snapshot to gain a better understanding about the changes that are happening.

 


GSI Update

 

GSI is gearing up for the 2014 conference season. Here’s where we’ll be next.

 

If there is an event you would like to attend, please remember to register on our website at www.gsi-experience.com.

 

Note: Courses are free for all government employees (federal, state, county, and city), and for any non-profit employees or volunteers. Just choose the free option when registering, and remember to bring your company ID for verification.

 

Upcoming GSI Events

  • Thursday July 10, 2014 – Have you heard, GSI will host a return engagement at the FSGA 2014 Conference, held at the lovely Vinoy in St. Petersburg. This will be a pre-conference intensive held on Thursday 7/10/2014. Stay tuned for more details.

 

Past GSI Events

  • Tuesday April 22, 2014 at 10 am and 1 pm – One Senior Place in Altamonte Springs
  • Thursday March 27, 2014 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am, and again from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Sontata at Melbourne – Hosted by the Space Coast Chapter of FSGA

guardian-trust-logo

 

A big THANK YOU to our generous sponsor, Guardian Trust. Without them, GSI wouldn’t be possible.

 


Community Events

 

Click on the event for additional information.