Q: dementia diagnosis and guardianship
My grandma is 89 she has symptoms of dementia to my knowledge she has not been formally diagnosed by her physician her physician will not speak to me because he does not have a release to do so anytime anyone tries to help my grandma with anything she gets irate and violent she does not have a drivers license and still drives she cannot find her way back home when she leaves the house my grandfather is still at the home and he is dying on hospice my grandmother does not understand the process my father is an only child but does not have any legal power of attorney over my grandmother how do we get her assessed or evaluated to get a diagnosis to deem her incompetent and get guardianship and is there a way to do this without her knowledge? We are in Illinois
A: I'm so sorry to hear of what's been going on.
You're right that this sounds like a guardianship issue. You should contact an estate or guardianship attorney in or near your town, as soon as you can, to get the process started.
I hope for the best for you all!
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