The need for guardianship and care management services to those suffering from a mental incapacity continues to grow, along with the rising elderly population.
Decision-making is something we usually take for granted. When a person is unable to make decisions for him or herself, matters can become complicated.
People lose mental abilities when their memory and awareness are affected by dementia. Mental illness may affect mental capacity in varying degrees and varying times. Learning difficulties may permanently limit a person’s capacity. Or, people may have less mental abilities because of a brain injury or stroke.
Mrs. Sheila Watts is the Owner/ Manager of Covenant Outreach, LLC. , a private professional guardianship agency organized August 31, 1997. Covenant Outreach, LLC provides guardianship and care management services to aged and disabled adults
The principal office is located in Abilene, Texas. An office for Covenant Outreach of the Permian Basin was added in July 2003.
Sheila was certified in 1999 as a Certified Senior Advisor, in 2003 received her certification as a Registered Guardian through the National Guardianship Association and in January 2008 was certified as a National Master Guardian through the Center for Guardianship Certification.
Sheila has served as Chairman of the Aging Cluster of the Abilene Coordinating Council; Secretary of the local Advisory Council of the Alzheimer’s Association; was a Board member of the Kiwanis Club of Abilene; and a Board Member of Adult Protective Service Partners, Inc.. Covenant Outreach, LLC is a member the Texas Guardianship Association, and the National Guardianship Association, thereby staying informed of ever-changing legislation and receiving educational opportunities related to guardianship services.
The Covenant Outreach, LLC guardianship program currently provides guardianship services in 16 Texas counties for 140 adults. These individuals are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, or are victims of stroke, head injuries, or other debilitating diseases. The Wards reside in nursing homes, residential group homes, in their own private residences, or in a State Supported Living Center. Guardianship appointments are of the person only, estate only, or both person and estate.
As Court-appointed Guardian of a Ward’s Estate, Covenant Outreach, LLC has had opportunities to manage significant financial estates ranging from $100,000 to $2 million. On the other hand, many of our clients are receiving Medicaid benefits to provide for their institutional care.