My mother has developed severe schizophrenia and maybe some dementia as she has gotten older. I've been caring for her the best I can. She also doesn't know she is sick and needs treatment. It has caused financial trouble, as well as being hard to get her help since she isn't a violent danger to herself or others. Not having guardianship I haven't been able to apply for any services for assistance with utilities and housing for us. I couldn't afford to keep up with the mortgage and ended up losing our home and equity in the home. We got evicted and right now my mom is in a psychiatric hospital. It is agreed by social workers my mom needs guardianship.
The hospital wants to use a public guardian since they said fincially I can't take care of my mother. From what I read public guardian is a last resort if no family is around. I don't know fully what this will mean for me. Since part of guardianship is signing legal documents, would I have to hope the public guardian agrees?
I was told my getting guardianship will take time and maybe down the line be sighed over to me. I can't afford a lawyer for it.
Should I be worried? The main reason I am so financially strapped is because taking care of my mom was a 24/7 job. I was hoping to move her into a senior apartment where she can have caretakers and I can still see her. And as the daughter alot of legal things surround this... things my mom would need to sign...everything from life insurance, things I need to get on my feet (my father passed away a few years ago, my mom and dad were never legally married and some issues still come up with that). HIPPA laws might also make me in the dark about what treatment my mom receives..
Obviously just worried and concerned, someone I don't know at all or know if I can trust making decisions for my mom, which also will impact me worries me.
Does this sound like an ok thing to have a public guardian? How hard will it ne to switch to me later? Would I need a lawyer then?