ABUSE IS A PROBLEM:
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 4,157 confirmed cases of abuse against elders and adults with disabilities in 2014 alone; More than 61% of cases were older adults and people with physical disabilities living at home. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that for every one case of elder abuse, about five more go unreported.