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Preventing Your Senior Loved One from Hoarding

If your senior loved one has a tendency to accumulate unnecessary items, you may want to discourage him or her from doing so. Though a small bit of collecting may seems harmless, too much clutter can turn into a hoarding situation and lead to unsafe living conditions. Here are some strategies to help prevent hoarding in seniors, brought to you by the staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior care in Redondo Beach.

Discourage Attachments to Clutter

Some seniors build up clutter, especially those who downsize into smaller homes but still want to keep all of their belongings. Hoarding, however, occurs when a senior is psychologically attached to the clutter and compulsively adds to it. Talk to your loved one about the reasons behind the hoarding. Many older adults feel getting rid of their belongings signifies they are nearing the end of their life, or they may have an emotional attachment to items that remind them of their past. Either of these situations can influence your loved one to hold on to things he or she doesn’t need.

Help with Organization

Sometimes the prevention of hoarding requires taking small steps. Your loved one may even want to be more organized, but has become frustrated and overwhelmed by the clutter in his or her home. Brainstorm ways to keep some of the more useful and important items and pare down on the things that have no use. For example, organize cherished photos in albums and boxes or choose a few key pieces of childhood art to display. This can help your loved one concentrate on what else needs to go.

Offer Companionship

If your loved one seems lonely or depressed, hoarding may be bringing him or her misplaced comfort. What he or she may actually need is family support or the companionship offered by a professional Redondo Beach caregiver. Having caring people around can promote your loved one’s mental wellbeing and be helpful in physically getting rid of the clutter in the home, preventing physical injury.

Some seniors may face physical or mental health challenges that make it difficult to maintain a safe and clean home. If your loved one needs help around the home with light housekeeping, mobility, and companionship, aRedondo Beach part-time caregiver from Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers are all expertly trained in the Balanced Care Method, a program that encourages healthy lifestyle factors such as sharp minds, social ties, and calmness and purpose. We guarantee 100% satisfaction on all of our care services, and you’ll never be asked to sign a long-term contract. Call one of our qualified Care Managers today at (310) 504-0506 to schedule a free in-home consultation.