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How can a caregiver deal with compulsive hoarding syndrome?

Shelley Webb
Nursing
Treatment of hoarding is often a huge challenge because people who hoard don’t often understand that there is a problem.  It’s also complicated by the fact that researchers are not yet sure which type of treatment is best.  If the home is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized forcefully while the elder is away, once they return, it won’t be long before the area returns to its previously jam-packed status.  If the hoarder collects animals, they will do so again, apparently to fill an emotional void.  Please remember that if you find it necessary to undertake a forced clean out in order to keep your loved one safe, that they should not be present at the time – this could be very emotionally and psychologically dangerous for them.

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