Guardianships and conservatorships are ways you can get the help you need if a loved one is incapacitated. Both are appointed and monitored by the court. Guardians make decisions as to where an incapacitated person lives or the type of medical care they receive. Conservators usually help people with everyday items like keeping books, writing checks, paying bills and other financial assistance. These are often used to help people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia that makes it difficult for them to keep up on finances or make responsible decisions.