The Gerontologist, Vol 31, Issue 2 150-155, Copyright © 1991 by The Gerontological Society of America
Alternatives to conservatorship: the role of daily money management services
Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles 90089-0191.
This study tested the hypothesis that daily money management services
divert vulnerable elders from conservatorship. Community-residing elders
referred to protective service were randomly assigned to a money management
service (n = 40) or to customary screening by the Office of the Public
Guardian or Adult Protective Services (n = 23). Results indicated no
significant difference in rates of conservatorship between those who were
offered the money management service and those who were not. Appointment to
conservatorship for both groups was associated with cognitive impairment
and psychiatric symptom severity.