If an adult is incapacitated and incapable of taking care of him or herself, the court can appoint a guardian and/or conservator to oversee his or her care and financial affairs. The first step in a guardianship proceeding is for the court to find that the adult is "incapacitated" under Minnesota Statute. An "incapacitated person" is an individual who is unable to make or communicate personal decisions, and has shown they are incapable of providing for their own medical, nutritional, safety, shelter and clothing needs. Once that is established, a suitable guardian can be appointed. If the incapacitated adult has financial decisions that he or she is also incapable of making, the court can appoint a conservator to handle the financial decisionmaking. The court may appoint the same person to be both the guardian and the conservator, but the same person does not have to serve in both roles.