5 Typical Signs of Hoarding

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Hoarding is a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder that makes people feel like they need to collect or hold onto an excessive amount of possessions. Though hoarding is often confused with being untidy, there are a few distinct behaviors that characterize this mental illness. When caregivers suspect that their loved ones have a hoarding problem, it’s important to check to see if they exhibit any of these five warning signs.

1. No Regard for Sanitation

Hoarders will not throw items out even if the items are collecting dust, spotted with rust and mold, or even decaying. As the hoarding progresses, seniors may find it difficult to clean, which is why it becomes easier for them to prioritize hoarding over maintaining a sanitary living environment.

2. Things Are Not Organized

Since most hoarding is not functional, items are not organized or stored in an orderly fashion. Things begin to be placed in random stacks of unrelated items rather than being grouped with similarly functional objects. You may find entire rooms filled with random items that serve no useful purpose together.

3. Home Is Not Functional

The stacks and piles of hoarded objects often overtake the main functional areas of the home. A hoarder may start using appliances and furniture to hold hoarded items instead of using them for their intended use. Additionally, these items take up so much space that it’s nearly impossible for seniors, family members, and respite caregivers in Altamonte Springs to navigate from room to room.

4. Seniors Become Defensive

Most hoarders recognize that their behavior is not common and this frequently leads to a sense of shame and defensiveness. If you bring up the conversation of hoarding or purging of the hoarded items, a hoarder often becomes agitated and defensive.

5. Removing Objects Causes Panic

Hoarders are faced with a compulsion to keep items just in case they may one day be useful. If you just start taking away hoarded items, your elderly loved one may become nervous or angry. In order to avoid a breakdown, it is best to take things slow when getting rid of hoarded items.

Initially, you should contact a psychiatrist to help your loved one realize the source of his or her hoarding tendencies. Additionally, you can turn to a trusted Altamonte Springs elderly care agency like Prestige Home Care to help your loved one maintain a safe and functional household. Our highly trained caregivers help seniors with all manner of daily activities including cleaning, laundry, personal care, and more. Call 407-329-6613 today and let us customize a care plan for your loved one.

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  • Kimberly Miller

    Kimberly Miller, RN, is a proud Florida native with an unwavering commitment to elder care that spans an impressive 25 years. Her extensive journey through central Florida's hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice companies has not only honed her understanding of disease processes but has also cultivated a profound expertise in navigating the intricate landscape of elder care. Kimberly's dedication to delivering the highest quality of care to patients and their families is evident in every facet of her career. Armed with certifications as an assisted living administrator, Kimberly's primary focus on customer service and her drive to address the holistic needs of individuals—mind, body, and soul—have led her to a resounding conclusion: home care is the future of personalized, high-quality care. Her conviction is rooted in the understanding that a combination of healthy nutrition, physical and mental exercise, and social engagement is directly linked to improved physical and mental well-being. The recent global pandemic has served as a poignant reminder of the limitations of institutional care, further strengthening Kimberly's resolve. Motivated by a profound desire to make a meaningful difference, she has taken the helm at Prestige Home Care. Here, Kimberly is dedicated to providing a level of care that goes beyond industry standards—a level of care she would wholeheartedly entrust to her own family.

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