A 29-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

who determines mental status for power of attorney or guardian of an elderly person?

1 doctor answer
Dr. Lawrence Smith
30 years experience Clinical Psychology
Legal question: It's a good idea to consult with your attorney regarding these legal questions. Courts of law determine whether a person is competent or not. This court's decision is usually informed by the report/testimony of a mental health professional (psychiatrist or psychologist) with expertise in competency evaluations.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Related questions:

A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
13 years experience Psychiatry
Form and function: To assess the proper functioning of your swallowing. If you arent swallowing appropriately then you are more prone to get aspiration pneumonia which c ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Elderly: Dementia patients or ones with parkinson disease on medications can present with psychoses.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
30 years experience Geriatrics
MMSE, MoCA, CDT etc: There are many mental exams available for use in elderly. Much depends upon available time as well as familiarity. Alzheimer's drugs are often approve ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
37 years experience Family Medicine
See below: They may become a danger to themselves or others. They should be evaluated by a physician.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month