Adult Guardianship Services

REAL Services’ Adult Guardianship Services Program provides support and advocacy to those who are unable to care for themselves and who have no one to make decisions on their behalf. 

Guardianship is a legal process by which a court designates a substitute decision-maker for an individual who has been mentally incapacitated. This guardian particularly assists with decisions related to finances and healthcare, for example: determining how to protect the client’s finances, advocating for appropriate medical care, ensuring access to medical insurance benefits, navigating life transitions and critical health decisions, and completing end-of-life arrangements. Staff in the Guardianship Program use a client’s history, needs, and wishes to inform their decision-making, and offer the encouragement and reassurance necessary to help make every day as positive as possible.

In order to be eligible for the Adult Guardianship Services Program, an individual must:

  • Be at least 60 years old
  • Be mentally incapacitated and unable to make medical and financial decisions for themselves
  • Have no family or friends able, willing, or suitable to serve as a guardian
  • Live in St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall or Kosciusko Counties in Indiana

Referrals to REAL Services’ Guardianship Program are reviewed monthly by the Guardianship Advisory Council. A referral document, a physician’s statement, and an individual’s most recent physical and medical history must be submitted by the Thursday before the 3rd Wednesday of the month in order for that individual’s case to be reviewed. After reviewing a referral, REAL Services petitions the court to become the individual’s guardian.

More information:
Phone: 574-284-2649
Email: guardianship@realservices.org
Remote Fax: 574- 966-1439

Guardian Partner

Through its Guardian Partner Program, REAL Services offers legal care and protection to eligible seniors unable to make their own financial and medical decisions.

REAL Services’ Guardian Partner Program provides support and advocacy to those who are unable to care for themselves and who have no one to make decisions on their behalf.

Guardianship is a legal process by which a court designates a substitute decision-maker for an individual who has been mentally incapacitated. This guardian particularly assists with decisions related to finances and healthcare, for example: determining how to protect the client’s finances, advocating for appropriate medical care, ensuring access to medical insurance benefits, navigating life transitions and critical health decisions, and completing end-of-life arrangements. Staff in the Guardian Partner Program use a client’s history, needs, and wishes to inform their decision-making, and offer the encouragement and reassurance necessary to help make every day as positive as possible.

In order to be eligible for the Guardian Partner Program, an individual must:

  • Be at least 60 years old
  • Be mentally incapacitated and unable to make medical and financial decisions for themselves
  • Have no family or friends able, willing, or suitable to serve as a guardian
  • Live in St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall or Kosciusko Counties in Indiana

Referrals to REAL Services’ Guardian Partner Program are reviewed monthly by the Guardianship Advisory Council. A referral document, a physician’s statement, and an individual’s most recent physical and medical history must be submitted by the Thursday before the 3rd Wednesday of the month in order for that individual’s case to be reviewed. After reviewing a referral, REAL Services petitions the court to become the individual’s guardian.

More information:
Phone: 574-284-2649
Email: guardianship@realservices.org
Remote Fax: 574- 966-1439

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Instructions
When your forms are complete, please mail them to:

REAL Services, Inc.
Attn: Guardianship Program
P.O. Box 1835
South Bend, IN 46634

More information:
Phone: 574-284-2649
Email: guardianship@realservices.org
Remote Fax: 574- 966-1439