How Do You Help a Hoarder?

Helping a hoarder is not easy, especially if you’re a family caregiver who is helping your aging adult deal with a variety of issues at the same time. Here are some concrete steps you can take.

Elder Care Rochester NY - How Do You Help a Hoarder?

Elder Care Rochester NY – How Do You Help a Hoarder?

Talk to Her about What’s Causing the Behavior

The very first step is to talk with your elder about what is happening. She may not fully realize what she’s doing, especially since hoarding can really sneak up on someone who is deep in the throes of the condition. Remember to approach the conversation in a loving and open manner without accusations.

Work with a Professional

It’s always a good idea to talk with your elderly family member’s doctor about what could be contributing to her hoarding situation. Sometimes the loss of good health can create a hoarding response. Finding a counselor trained in helping elderly adults deal with hoarding is also a very good idea. In addition, a professional organizer can help quite a bit.

Give Her Tools to Help Her Stay on Track

As you start to make progress with your elderly family member’s home and belongings, find ways to help her to stay on track. For example, she might benefit from having elder care providers come in a few times a week to stay on top of the fridge contents and household tasks. Look for other ways that you can help your elder with her unique situation.

Remember This Is an Illness

Many family members look at a hoarding situation and see it as disorganization or slovenly behavior. But it’s more than that. Hoarding is at its core a mental health illness and you have to remember that when you’re trying to help your senior to get better. Like any illness, it has to be managed effectively.

Stay Alert, but Don’t Nag Your Senior

Even when you start to feel as if your elderly family member’s situation is completely better, she can experience a relapse. More loss or other triggers that tend to trip her up can come along at any time. It’s important that you stay alert for signs of a relapse, but that doesn’t mean that you should nag her or make her feel bad if she starts to backslide a bit. Make sure that you’re getting her the help that she needs in order to get back on track.

Hoarding can be a difficult problem to resolve, both for you and for your elderly family member, but it’s definitely possible. Stay positive and remind your elder that you love her no matter what else is going on.

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About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)