RI Volunteer Guardianship Program
The RI Volunteer Guardianship Program (“VGP”) has been a successful service to Rhode Island’s senior population since 2001. The VGP is managed by Cornerstone Adult Services, Inc. and is sponsored by the RI Department of Human Services Division of Elderly Affairs.
- The VGP provides trained volunteers to help seniors with dementia.
- To be a Volunteer Guardian, no special expertise is required to apply. Applicants should want to make a difference in the lives of a senior(s) with dementia.
- Guardianship is a legal arrangement through which the Guardian is authorized to make certain decisions for another person, the Ward. Volunteers are appointed as "Good Samaritan" Guardians of the Person by a Probate Court Judge and make important health care, residence and relationship decisions.
- VGP Volunteer Guardians are not in charge of finances and are not hands-on caregivers.
- Volunteer lawyers handle the Probate Court papers and hearings needed to appoint Volunteer Guardians.
- Volunteers receive initial orientation and training plus ongoing training and support.