Expansion and replication of a volunteer public guardian program for frail, low-income seniors

For frail seniors incapable of caring for themselves and/or their property who do not have family and friends to rely on, the probate courts appoint public guardians to supervise their personal affairs. Unfortunately, most courts experience difficulties in identifying and recruiting qualified persons to act in this capacity, especially for low-income individuals. The purpose of this project is to expand Sage Services' Court Visitor (volunteer)/Conservator of the Person (public guardian) Program to recruit and train court volunteers and conservators to serve indigent seniors living in the community and in nursing homes. The New Haven program will be expanded from a nursing-home only program to serve indigent seniors living in the community. Additionally, the program will be replicated in two sites in the State of Connecticut. In the greater Hartford area a volunteer program serving nursing home residents will be implemented. In Northwestern Connecticut, a program targeting only community-based residents will be introduced. By the end of the program, up to 280 new volunteers will be trained and matched with 240 indigent seniors. Of these volunteers, up to 60 individuals will be recruited and trained to become conservators. In addition, the New Haven site will explore programmatic options to postpone or eliminate the need for a conservator. In particular, Sage Services will implement a new initiative to encourage low-income seniors to develop advance directives through its partnership with the New Haven Legal Assistance Association.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $297,843.00

Awarded on: 2/26/1997

Time frame: 3/1/1997 - 5/31/1999

Grant Number: 27822


Sage Services of Connecticut, Inc.

703 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, 06511-1342


Louis Zaccaro
Project Director