Caregivers in Indianapolis, IN Can Help with Senior Hoarding Behavior

Your aging loved one’s caregiver plays an important role in his ongoing health, happiness and well-being. She is not just in the home to make sure that he eats, can move around and remembers take his medication on time. While these are important responsibilities, there is far more to encouraging a healthy and productive lifestyle in a senior than just these basic needs. An in the home care provider is also a valuable resource for encouraging your senior to make positive decisions and live a healthy, energetic life. One way that this can be accomplished is by helping to address senior hoarding behavior.

Caregivers in Indianapolis, INHoarding is a relatively common behavior among seniors. There are many different reasons why your aging loved one may have adopted hoarding behavior, or it may be something that she has done her entire life. Hoarding is when a person obsessively holds on to belongings, even if they are completely useless. This can mean rooms overflowing with bags, boxes and piles of items that have no organization. A caregiver may ask what these belongings are, and the senior will probably not be able to give her a definitive answer.

The motivation behind hoarding is not knowing what you have, but simply knowing that you have things. Seniors may have difficulty letting go of anything because hanging onto things helps them cope with grief or depression, but seniors coping with Alzheimer’s and dementia often also hoard simply because they are altered thought patterns won’t accept that this is not normal behavior.

A senior that has adopted or maintained hoarding behavior could be putting himself and anyone else the visits his home at risk of illness or injury. Stockpiles of trash and belongings are often the perfect environment for infestations of unwanted guests in the home, and can create fall hazards for anyone moving through the home, but especially seniors with mobility issues. Home care services can help to address these needs by explaining the situation to the senior and helping her to release her attachment to the belongings.

This caregiver can also simply chip away at the stockpiles by removing items on a daily basis. If the situation is serious and beyond the responsibilities of the caregiver, or you simply feel more comfortable attempting to address the situation on your own, the caregiver can take your aging loved one on an outing to give you the opportunity to work on clearing out the home.

The caregivers at Great Care are available to talk with you and your family about all of your senior care needs. Great Care is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable caregivers in Indianapolis, IN and the surrounding areas. Call (317) 595-9933 for more information.

About Julie Sullivan

Julie Sullivan is the Owner at GreatCare of Indianapolis IN.
GreatCare is a licensed, personal services agency, providing in-home care services to the Indianapolis, Indiana and surrounding areas. We serve the personal health and daily care needs of seniors or individuals who prefer to stay at home, but require assistance with everyday activities, such as dressing, personal hygiene, meal preparation, laundry or errands. Our team of certified nurse aids and home health aids can provide you with personalized, in-home care services to meet your needs, including:
Daytime hourly in-home care
Temporary or post-hospital respite care
24-hour, around-the-clock home care
Morning and evening care
Overnight / Slumber care
In addition, we offer our Care Compass service, to assist in setting the course for the next stage in your loved ones life. We guide you through the currents of aging, and help you find your true north. Our licensed nurses, with experience in hospice and geriatric care, will help guide you through the complex and often sensitive journey of selecting an in-home care service, and will provide a smooth transition to a new way of life for your loved one, without the anxiety and fear.

Our current nursing and management team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the home healthcare services industry. All of our caregivers are bonded, insured and screened thoroughly, so you know you’ll be receiving the greatest care possible. That’s why we stand by our mission: to deliver the same, quality care we expect for ourselves and our loved ones.