Florida's Guardianship Program stirs up trouble for the elderly & Governor Charlie Crist runs for reelection

11/05/13 Robert Lorei
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Tags: Florida’s Guardianship program, Adam Walser, Governor Charlie Crist

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Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with WFTS TV investigative journalist Adam Walser about problems with Florida’s Guardianship program, specially when it comes to the elderly. A guardian is a surrogate decision-maker appointed by the court to make either personal and/or financial decisions for an adult with mental or physical disabilities. With the approval of a judge , the elderly person -- the subject of the guardianship is termed a "ward.” It means a court has found that an individual's ability to make decisions is so impaired that the court gives the right to make decisions to another person. That person is a guardian. By law, guardianship is only warranted when no less restrictive alternative exists.

Later the show explores former Governor Charlie Crist’s announcement yesterday that he is running again to be governor of the state.

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Stories by WFTS on Guardianship Program

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good intro. Mr. Walsar is on a story that has been on-going for many years --public gun. vs. paid prof. gdns. On specific case If that elderly ward was found to be incept. 3X, he was restored 2X. So, the system "turned him loose" twice. Why not again? 2nd: It is inaccurate to say the guardian takes away rights of ward. Fla. law lists the "legally delegable rights" that are removed. The gd. is authorized to exercise those rights. The gd must often check with court to exercise those rights. 3d NOT defined in gd law, but listed severals times, an interested party may intervene in the proceedings on behalf of ward.

Tim is right that guardians dont take wards' rights away. The ward has all rights in so far as they have "capacity" to exercise them. The court decides which rights cannot be exercised. However guardians are continually trampling on rights the ward has retrained, and they do it in "the best interest" of the ward. This goes outside the directions set in court orders, and it's abuse.