Whether it’s an extreme case of hoarding, too many holiday decorations to stash, or chronic disorganization, there are professional resources, books, tips and advice to help clear out the clutter.
“It is estimated that up to five percent of the population has hoarding disorder,” said Valentina Sgro, President of the Institute of Challenging Disorganization. “Hoarding tendencies can be identified in pre-teens through adults. Because people in the elder population may have experienced a greater number of traumatic—or triggering– events and because they have had a longer time to accumulate possessions, hoarding behavior may be more noticeable in the elder population.”
Causes of Clutter
Although hoarding has been recognized as a mental disorder, there can be many reasons that people are not maintaining a clean home. “Clutter, even extreme clutter, can result from many causes in the elder population, not just hoarding disorder,” Ms. Sgro explained. “Reduced eyesight or mobility, a desire to hold on to sentimental objects, dementia, or any number of other causes can cause clutter. The reason for More >
Even if you don’t use a smartphone, you have likely heard of “apps” by now. App is short for application, which is a self-contained program or piece of software on a smartphone to fulfill a specific purpose. There seems to be an app for everything imaginable these days—including caregiving.
We have selected a short list of caregiving-related apps for you to check out:
- Calm down and check your heart rate with your phone. The Azumio Heart Rate app is free and available on iOS and Android. All you need is one finger and a few seconds to detect your pulse. The app makers note that this data is for recreation and fitness uses only.
- The American Heart Association has created Pocket First Aid & CPR app, which is credited with saving at least one life so far. This app includes videos and colorful illustrations to guide a user through life-saving instructions. Available for both Google Android and Apple iPhone.
- Stop stress before it starts with an app. Certified by The American Institute of Stress, the Stress Stopper Pro app from Stress is Gone LLC aims to stop stress before it starts—precisely three minutes before it starts. At one touch, users are reminded to breathe or laugh. Currently only More >
By Leann Reynolds, President of Homewatch CareGivers International
The end of the year is a time for celebrations as well as reflections in our lives and our work. This time last year we were gathering heartbreaking and heartwarming stories from Superstorm Sandy, which destroyed so many homes and lives but also brought out the best in people who went above and beyond to help one another in the aftermath of the destruction.
It doesn’t take a national disaster to bring out the best in people though. Heroes are among us all the time and that is true in the home care business as in all walks of life.
Home care is a business that positively impacts lives every day—and some days, it even saves a life.
The husband of one Homewatch CareGivers’ client in Texas is giving thanks this year for the heroic choices made by LaShaun Lang, a 32-year old Certified Nursing Assistant, who works for Homewatch CareGivers of Plano, Lewisville and Greater North Dallas. Ms. Lang came to work where she expected to spend the day with a 68-year old client who suffers from COPD, CHF and diabetes. “She has a tremendous amount of health concerns,” said Wendy More >