Guardianship and Conservatorship Services

JFS works in collaboration with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Massachusetts Protective Service agencies to care for older adults that are in need of a guardian and/or conservator.

JFS is the only agency in Western Massachusetts that provides Guardian and Conservator services for elders in need that are referred through the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. We also provide private pay services for families or caregivers whose loved ones can no longer make decisions or care for themselves due to the disease process of dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Guardianship: The elders that are referred to JFS have no family that can assume the role of guardian for various reasons. Staff in the Guardianship program, ensure that the elders needs are met with dignity and respect. Once an elder is referred to the JFS Guardianship Program, JFS works with the legal system to not only meet the needs of the client but to provide advocacy and a feeling of family to each and every elder in the program.

Conservatorship: Often the elders referred through EOEA to the JFS Guardianship Program are also in need of a conservator. As conservator the elder’s income and assets are used to provide the best possible life and care for the elder. It is the role of JFS to act in the best interest of the elder by utilizing funds for the elder, and protecting them from any financial loss.

 

For more information, contact Christine Roncolato, Older Adult Guardianship Program Director.

Phone: 413-737-2601, x.115

Email: c.roncolato@jfswm.org.