Public Guardianship for the Elderly Program
The Public Guardianship for the Elderly Program provides services for individuals assigned to the agency by the Circuit, Chancery and Probate Court system. The program provides services to those persons 60 years of age and older who due to physical or mental limitations, are unable to meet the essential requirements of their physical health or to manage essential aspects of their financial resources, and have no family member, friend, or corporation willing or able to act on their behalf. The program works with a number of community agencies including mental health organizations in order to meet the need of the consumers being referred to the program. Recruiting volunteers is an important component of the program because they assist in making a visit to the consumer in order to monitor their conditions and environment and report findings back to the conservator.
GNRC contracts with the Legal Aid Society of Middle TN and The Cumberlands (Legal Aid) to provide legal services. Legal advice and representation provided by an attorney to people age 60 and over to secure and maintain public benefits, to resolve consumer problems and other situations requiring the intervention of an attorney. Legal Aid has bilingual staff as well as access to a language line. Legal Aid makes presentations to senior centers and nutrition sites on legal topics that might affect older persons. Those interested in this service can contact Legal Aid directly by calling 1-800-238-1443 or GNRC's Information and Assistance Hotline for a referral.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman
GNRC contracts with Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency (MCHRA) to provide Long-Term Care Ombudsman services for the 13-county Greater Nashville region. Long-Term Care Ombudsmen are advocates for residents of nursing homes, homes for the aged, assisted-living facilities and similar adult care facilities. They provide information and work to resolve problems or complaints of individual residents. The Ombudsman can also provide assistance to a prospective resident or family member to find a facility that best meets the needs of the prospective resident. Those interested in this service can contact MCHRA directly by calling 615-331-6033 or GNRC's Information and Assistance Hotline for a referral.