Knowing who is legally authorized to make decisions for a resident diagnosed with dementia can be confusing. Assisted living and residential care providers may find themselves trying to understand a resident’s wishes, while balancing requests from family members or responsible parties.
Fortunately the California Department of Social Services has created a simple chart that summarizes the legal decision-making authority of durable power of attorney, conservatorship, and responsible party. Who can consent to wearing egress alert devices? Who can decide when to live in a community with secured perimeters? Find the answers to these questions and more in the RCFE Evaluator Manual.