Adult Guardianship Services (AGS) is a program of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) and falls under the Adult Support & Advocacy (ASA) branch of LMM. LMM's mission is to promote shalom (peace, well-being) and justice (right relationships) through a Christian ministry of service and advocacy with those who are oppressed, forgotten and hurting. The ASA branch is made up of three programs: Adult Guardianship Services, Services to Adult Care Homes, and the Volunteer Guardianship Program of Lorain County.
AGS was established in 1989 at the request of numerous Cleveland-area social service agencies that served the elderly. We enhance the quality of life of indigent, incompetent adults in Cuyahoga County by providing legal guardians to serve as concerned, caring advocates and surrogate decision makers. Since our inception we have provided guardians, both paid staff and volunteers, for people who have been deemed incompetent by the Cuyahoga County Probate Court. AGS has provided guardians of person to more than 1700 wards over its history, at least 95% of whom are indigent (Medicaid eligible), and we have been the sole provider of guardianship services to indigent, incompetent Cuyahoga County adults.
Those who serve as guardian of person undertake the legal responsibility to make major life decisions, and agree to advocate on behalf of their wards. Guardians provide consent for medical treatment; obtain and coordinate community services; secure benefits; obtain housing; make funeral plans; visit their wards regularly; communicate with family, friends, caregivers and service providers; attend Probate Court hearings and complete Probate Court reports. In order to provide high quality care and ensure appropriate decision making guardians operate under nationally recognized standards of practice.We receive funding from the Cuyahoga County Probate Court, the Cuyahoga County Department of Senior and Adult Services, the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County, the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, United Way Services, hospitals, nursing homes, and foundations. We serve private pay wards who are billed monthly on an hourly basis. In addition, we are a non-profit organization and gratefully accept donations.