Parents or loved ones of individuals with disabilities are used to providing support and assistance, as a big part of their role in making sure that these individuals are protected and functioning to their full potential. Sometimes, this includes considering whether guardianship may be indicated once they become adults. This can be a difficult step to take, and strong emotions may be associated with this decision by all parties involved.
Guardianship evaluations help determine whether an individual may need assistance with making certain decisions or with accomplishing certain activities of daily living. For example, this could include determining whether a person is able to manage their finances, make medical decisions regarding their health, sign legal documents, etc. These evaluations are often performed by mental health professionals and typically include a review of educational and medical records, a detailed psycho-social history with the client and family members-caregivers, and formal testing of an individual’s cognitive and/or emotional functioning, depending on each case’s specific presentation and areas of need. Testing time varies depending on each client’s presentation and guardianship needs. It is typically performed over 2 to 4 hours in a single day.
Dr. Lee-Kim at Oakland Neuropsychology Center has expertise and experience in performing such assessments in adults. She is a fully licensed psychologist in the State of Michigan and is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology and its specialty board, the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. Please call our office at 248-644-9466 to obtain further details or to make an appointment.