Guardians are appointed by the Court to care for and make medical and placement decisions on behalf of an individual who is unable to make those decisions for him or herself. Most Guardians are caring and responsible individuals. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
In their most recent report, the Oregon Department of Human Services documented more than 2,900 yearly confirmed cases of abuse against elders and adults with disabilities that year; 76% of cases occured in the protected person’s home. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that for every one case of elder abuse, about five more go unreported.