At Best Home Care, we understand that providing quality home care consists of so much more than just basic home healthcare. We know that the best personal care assistants, home nurses, and home caregivers understand the importance of good mental health as well as physical health.

 

One mental health disorder that affects many seniors is hoarding. This condition has gotten much attention lately in the media with TV shows dedicated to helping hoarders. In order to help loved ones better understand this problem, here are important recommendations for families to consider when assisting someone with a hoarding problem.

 

 

  • Hoarding is a disorder: It has symptoms and behaviors like any other disorder. It is important to consider the underlying cause behind the behavior. Hoarding is characterized by extreme difficulty parting with possessions, despite their value (or lack thereof).
  • Hoarding may be part of something bigger: In particular, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, and dementia can lead to developing a hoarding disorder.
  • Start help right away: Acknowledge the problem right away rather than putting it off or waiting, as it may just get worse. Seek professional help from the beginning. There are experts trained to deal with not only the physical conditions of certain environments but also the mental health aspects.
  • Don’t get frustrated: When conditions get bad or unhealthy, most people want to find a quick solution and get to work throwing stuff out. However, throwing everything out can lead to worse mental health conditions for the person hoarding as the experience can be very traumatic.
  • Find quality help: Knowing that this is a mental health disorder, it stands to reason that the person struggling needs to find suitable therapy and treatment. Finding the right doctors and professionals and being consistent with treatment is essential to getting better.

 

For any questions and concerns regarding hoarding or anything related to finding homecare services for seniors, people with disabilities, or children, be sure to visit our website. You may also call us at (651) 330-2550 or send us an email at info@besthomecaremn.com.

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