When a parent or grandparent is showing signs of not being able to exercise self-care any longer, you might have to make plans for someone else to look after your elderly relative. Some Pennsylvania residents ask a court to appoint a conservator, also known as a guardian, to take care of their loved one. As FindLaw explains, this is not a simple process and may require careful consideration of alternatives before proceeding.
Ideally, a guardian provides an elderly person with needed care. This includes making important decisions regarding the senior's living arrangements, such as where the senior should live and who can be a caretaker for the senior. In many cases, the guardian will take over the finances of the senior. These actions are meant to protect the senior's assets and preserve the senior's health as much as possible.