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All your life, you count on your parents to guide you, but at some point, the tides may turn, making it your responsibility to instead help guide your parents. Watching a parent age is often difficult, and you may find it particularly troublesome if your parent’s abilities to care for his or herself are declining due to memory issues or health concerns

In some cases, you may decide that it is time to step in and appoint a guardian for your mom or dad who may help make important decisions regarding your parent’s person or property. Knowing when it may be time to establish a guardianship may prove difficult, but certain clues may indicate that it is time to set something in motion. For example, you may want to consider a guardianship for your mother or father if:

  1. Your parent refuses to enter a nursing home

Many older adults want to maintain their independence in their own homes for as long as possible. However, at some point, your parent may threaten his or her health or well-being in doing so. If your mother or father refuses to consider assisted living but you know he or she can no longer manage well alone, it may be time to consider a guardianship.

  1. Your parent refuses to sign a power of attorney

If you have concerns about your parent failing to properly read important documents, checks or what have you before signing them because he or she is starting to exhibit signs of dementia, you may want someone to help oversee these efforts. If your parent also refuses to sign a power of attorney, a guardianship may help protect his or her best interests.

  1. Your parent requires medical care not covered by a proxy

Some health care situations may arise that require you to have a guardianship in place. If your parent is unable to consent to a necessary procedure, for example, this may give you cause to establish a guardianship.

Knowing when to appoint a guardian for a parent is not always easy, but these three circumstances may suggest that it is time to give a guardianship consideration.