Guardianships, Powers of Attorney, and other Decision Makers


Presenter, Ali Thompson, is a Criminal Investigator with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU). Ali’s work focuses on investigations of abuse and neglect of patients in long term care facilities with an emphasis on cases involving individuals who are at-risk. Ali will provide an overview of the MFCU, case examples, and information regarding the signs of symptoms of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Presenter, Kelsey Lesco, will explore the differences between guardianships, conservatorships, and the types of advanced directives (Powers of Attorney, and end-of-life documents), while providing provide case studies and practical information.  Guardianship is a sometimes necessary intervention, but one that drastically restricts autonomy and in some cases could have been avoided with advanced planning. With increasing knowledge of end-of-life issues, the use of advance directives to preserve one’s personal wishes and dignity is of increasing importance.  Advance directives allow individuals to preserve their personal wishes, dignity, and autonomy to the maximum extent possible.  While the focus of the presentation will be on medical decision making, conservatorship and financial powers of attorney will also be discussed.
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