In the not too distant future, I may have to petition the court to have my parents declared imcompetant and be appointed their guardian. Mom is 89 and has dementia, leaky heart valve, osteoporosis, undiagnosed depression. Dad is 84 and has several signs but is undiagnosed, has hbp, paranoia. Says no to home aides, ALF's, etc. My elder law attorney says the guardianship process is long, very messy and expensive and would be a last resort. I have no siblings, so this is all on me. Would love to hear from anyone here who has gone (or is going) through this legal process. Any thoughts or insights are appreciated. Thank you.