LIMA — Sworn in Monday afternoon as Allen County’s first-ever volunteer guardian, Rachel Wykoff said she will rely on experiences gained while taking care of her two elderly grandmothers as she prepares to provide a helping hand to an area resident deemed by the Allen County Probate Court to be unable to handle his own personal affairs.
Wykoff, a Findlay native who has lived in Lima for the past two years following her graduation from Ohio State University, participated in the Allen County Crime Victim Services agency’s guardian program and participated in a six-hour Fundamentals of Guardianship training required of all guardians by the Ohio Supreme Court.
Volunteer guardians make day-to-day decisions on essential topics ranging from food and clothing to housing and medical care. The volunteer is also required to submit an annual report to the court detailing the services rendered.
Allen County Probate Court Magistrate Timothy Hamman issued to oath of office to Wykoff during a brief ceremony on Monday.
Wykoff said she decided to enroll in the guardian program “because I like helping people. I see this as a way to give back. To do something to help another person is very rewarding,” she said.
Wykoff said being selected as Allen County’s first volunteer guardian is “a privilege.”
Crime Victim Services Director Elysia Bush recently took Wykoff to be introduced to the man with whom she has now been formally and legally paired by the court.
“Our client was eager to have someone in his life who would regularly visit and just spend time,” said Bush. “The two found interests that they had in common. It was heartwarming to see.”
Wykoff on Monday said she is looking forward to making sure the needs of her new ward are met completely.
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