Ohio residents often avoid thinking about what could happen if they become physically or mentally vulnerable in old age. If a person has not set up a durable power of attorney and medical power of attorney during healthy times, then an abusive agent might step in and become a guardian or conservator who uses an elder's finances for personal gain.
An elder might not get to choose a guardian if sickness or mental incapacity strikes. Relatives fighting for control of the person or a nursing home that needs payment might convince a judge to appoint a guardian. The situation in which a supposed friend of an elder gains the person's trust and becomes the guardian also creates the potential for exploitation.