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Signs of Hoarding: Does This Sound Like Your Elderly Loved One?

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Signs of Hoarding: Does This Sound Like Your Elderly Loved One?

Hoarding can be dangerous. Your elderly loved one could fall in their home if they are a hoarder. If you are worried about your elderly loved one in this regard, it may be time to look out for the signs of hoarding. If you do find out they are hoarding, you can take the necessary action steps from there.

Home Care Seal Beach CA - Signs of Hoarding: Does This Sound Like Your Elderly Loved One?

Home Care Seal Beach CA – Signs of Hoarding: Does This Sound Like Your Elderly Loved One?

Inability to Discard Possessions

Do you notice that your elderly loved one has accumulated possessions? If so, do you notice they have a difficult time getting rid of anything? Maybe they refuse to get rid of anything they accumulate. If this is the case, they are a hoarder.

Associated Anxiety

When you ask your loved one to get rid of something, do they get anxious? Does it seem like throwing anything away or even talking about throwing anything away causes them to become anxious? If this is something you notice, then your elderly loved one might be a hoarder.

Difficult Organizing Belongings

When you look at your loved one’s home, does it look like they have a tough time organizing their belongings? Do they have piles and piles of stuff that they just don’t know what to do with? If you have answered yes to this, your loved one could be a hoarder.

Less Living Space

When you walk into your loved one’s home, do you notice they have less and less space for actual living? Do they have limited space to walk through their home? When you walk through their house do you have a difficult time getting around? Maybe you have to step over things to get from the kitchen to the living room. If there is less living space in your elderly loved one’s house, they are probably a hoarder.

Clutter Everywhere

Another sign of hoarding is when your elderly loved one has clutter everywhere. They may have things all over the tabletops, countertops, nightstands, dressers, and even the floor. This might cause them or others in their life distress.

Obsessed Over Needing Items

Is your elderly loved one unwilling to run low on any items they need? Maybe they have boxes and boxes of tissues. They might have packs and packs of toilet paper or gallons of shampoo. If they are obsessed over needing items, they could be a hoarder.

Your elderly loved one’s hoarding can affect everyone in their life. It can affect you, other family members, their friends, their home care providers, and others, too. If you have determined that your elderly loved one is a hoarder, now is the time to set up an action plan, so something can be done about it.

Sources: https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/hoarding-basics

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Seal Beach CA, please contact the caring staff at 1Heart Care Services today.

Belina C. Nernberg
Belina C. Nernberg
Belina Calderon-Nernberg is the CEO and founder of 1Heart Caregiver Services. Recently offering 1Heart franchise business opportunities to the public, Belina provided the vision, leadership, and direction that the company needed to achieve its goal of making a positive difference in the homecare industry. As her greatest accomplishment, the company is now equipped with the expertise to expand its business operations to different States in the U.S. Belina brings with her a corporate experience of 25 years, with 15 solid years of experience as CEO of an employment agency and a senior care service company in Southern California. Belina has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St. La Salle, Philippines. She has been the recipient of several awards given to emerging leaders in business, community service, arts, and entertainment. She has also been honored as an Ambassador of Goodwill by the HiFi (Historic Filipinotown) Neighborhood Council. This title is bestowed to carefully selected Filipino-Americans who are persons of integrity who have the ability “to promote, reach out, influence and mobilize public interest and support of the ideals, values, principles, and programs of the Historic Filipinotown.

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