How to Properly Tend to Hoarding Geriatric Patients

The TLC show “Hoarders” provides a lot of insight to the everyday hoarder, but little is known about LTC hoarders. Whether it’s for a sense of control or the fear to let go, hoarding behavior can be indicative of other mental and social disorders that need to be properly addressed. Unfortunately, many healthcare professionals are not trained to handle hoarding and other OCD-like behaviors. For a glimpse into hoarding behavior in elderly patients and how to properly respond, read “Hoarding by Elderly Long-Term Care Residents” which was published in this month’s issue of Annals of Long-Term Care. Another interesting article that addresses the issue of hoarding as well as other behavioral symptoms seen in nursing home residents can be found here.


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