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HAMILTON, OH (April 26, 2019) – Allison Bruns recently became a National Certified Guardian, one of only 25 in Ohio, through the Center for Guardianship Certification, an allied foundation of the National Guardianship Association. Bruns has been with LifeSpan for just over a year as a staff Guardian and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies. Allison has over 11 years of experience working in adult mental health and chronic medical health case management.
“We are so proud of Allison and her accomplishment,” Lisa Frye, LifeSpan’s guardianship program manager said. “The time and commitment to learning about guardianship decision making along with excellent care have been very beneficial to all the persons in our program and is very much appreciated.”
As staff Guardian, Bruns make decisions for clients relating to health care, living arrangements, or safety issues. Clients are individuals who need assistance in decision-making and advocacy based on limitations that impair their ability to make decisions. Guardians visit with each client every month and participate in court and legal proceedings for each client.
Said Bruns, “Becoming a National Certified Guardian allows me to continue to help and support others; both my clients and team members. I am now able to provide additional knowledge and am pleased to further represent LifeSpan’s guardianship program by successfully obtaining this certification.”
This certification is designed to identify those individuals who are involved in guardianship issues, who meet qualifications, and who have the sufficient level of knowledge and experience in guardianship services to be identified to the public as a National Certified Guardian (NCG). Applicants must pass a multiple choice exam testing knowledge in certain core competency areas identified by professionals as being essential for carrying out the duties of a guardian including medical decision making, personal management, knowledge of court, laws, and legal processes, and much more.
LifeSpan, founded in 1945, serves clients of southwest Ohio by offering innovative, cost-effective programs for individuals, families, groups and schools.
LifeSpan’s Guardians work with both the Butler and Warren County Probate Courts to bring stability, safety, and companionship to hundreds of area residents. Both staff and volunteer Guardians are appointed by the Probate Court to make decisions for their clients relating to health care, living arrangements, or safety issues. Clients are individuals who need assistance in decision-making and advocacy based on limitations that impair their ability to make competent decisions. Visit lifespanohio.org/guardianship or call 513-868-3210 for additional information.