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What is hoarding?
Understanding the disorder
It is a condition where our loved one develops a habit of acquiring clutter all around them. They believe that the things they are gathering will be useful to them sometime in the future. As a result, they do not allow anyone to dispose of any items and end up creating a total mess around them. Seniors may even say that they hold sentimental value to the things that they have gathered. Whatever the case, it is a serious issue. And can have serious consequences, if not controlled at the right time. Dealing with this day out and being careful not to irritate the condition any further can cause strain on you, as the caregiver. Here are some great books to help you now.
Risk factors of hoarding disorder
- Social isolation. Identified as one of the major risk factors for hoarding disorder. Seniors who have the habit of hoarding are usually socially withdrawn. The lack of interaction with family and friends. Often cause our seniors to become stressed and depressed. This then further causes them to hoard unusual and unwanted things.
- Alcohol abuse. Research has assumed that about 50% of hoarders are suffering from alcohol dependency.
- Family history. Hoarding disorder runs in families.
- Life events. Unfortunate life events often are a major cause of stress for our elderly loved ones. This then leads to the development of hoarding disorder.
How to tell if your loved one has a hoarding disorder
- Collecting random items that are of no use.
- Showing displeasure when someone asks them to dispose of these items.
- Showing obsessiveness towards shopping and collecting things.
- Not allowing any family members or friends into their living room.
- Lack of space inside the home due to the collection of clutter everywhere. Unhygienic conditions inside the room and bathroom. Kitchen appliances appear to be dirty.
- Keeping too many pets in the home than they can actually care for.
Consequences of hoarding disorder
Tips to fix hoarding
- Talk to your parents. It is necessary to discuss with your parents about the problem of hoarding. If they are ready to give in, it is best to offer help.
- Seek permission. It is important for you to take the permission of your parents before you throw out anything. Even meaningless things may have sentimental value and you need to respect it.
- Start the program of clutter clearing at a slow pace. If you wish to accomplish the mammoth task at one go, then it would do more harm than any good for your senior loved ones.
- Formulate a crew. You need to formulate a crew for the cleaning process. Without the help of a crew, it is almost impossible to take up the task.
- Schedule a date. This is going to be a more difficult task than actually cleaning up an entire mess. However, this needs to happen. So, schedule a date and time to take this on.
- Take up each room one by one. You cannot expect to clean all the rooms at one go. The best idea would be to take each room at a time and begin clearing up the clutter.