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“The best and most respectful way to minimize harm, increase the prospect of a quality life, and provide advocacy is not the removal of someone’s rights.” Katz, M. “Alternatives to Guardianship”; The Rural Institute. Downloaded 4 Apr 2009 from: publications/articles/alternatives_to_ guardianship.asp The Caregiver’s Home Companion:

Least Restrictive Alternatives

Least Restrictive Alternative refers to the environment, program, or course of action which places as few limits as possible on a person’s rights and individual freedoms while, at the same time, meeting the person’s care and support needs.

A least restrictive alternative enables an adult with a disability to retain full independence and decision-making authority over his or her life. Least restrictive alternatives do not require a court order or court monitoring and/or oversight.

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