Care recipient (cr) is hoarding small non-food items such as trinkets purchased impulsively and things that others might consider trash

Try: #designate a specific closet or storage bin in which the cr is allowed to store or pile items if he hoarded items are small a shoebox may be more appropriate #limit the cr’s hoarding space to the designated closet storage bin or shoe box discourage hoarding elsewhere by looking for other sites in the house where items are being accumulated remove them with or without the cr present depending on the cr’s ability to participate #if the cr is sentimental about an item that you think needs to be thrown out or donated offer to take a picture of it plan on giving the photo to the cr as you are taking the picture ask the cr to tell you about the item jot notes in your notebook and when the photo is made print the note on the back of the photo this may address the issue that for the cr memories and feelings are connected to hoarded items and the cr may fear losing those when items are removed #help the cr start a photo book or memory album with pictures of the items or give the cr prints to put in a photo box

Materials: Empty closet storage bin or shoebox camera photo album or box notebook pen

Categories: Behavior Challenging, Communication, Emotional Psychological, Maintenance, Social, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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