Individuals suffering from dementia may hoard objects, including perishables. You can manage the hoarding and your level of stress by developing an individual strategy for changing the hoarding behaviour.
Strategies for Managing Hoarding Try the following suggestions:
Important questions to ask yourself
What is the individual hoarding and where they are hiding it?
Is the material perishable and dangerous?
Is the hoarded material important to you?
Does the hoarding occur in the same places and at certain times? Is it triggered by something?
Remove or store valuable objects and documents in a secure or locked location.
Label clothes or other personal items.
Minimize the number of closets and drawers available to the hoarder.
Secure less accessible or infrequently used locations.
Provide appropriate objects for hoarding or allow the individual to store a limited number of desired items in a decorated hoarding box.
Always check wastebaskets before emptying them.
Develop methods to distract or redirect when the individual becomes anxious about "lost " items.