◂  March 2024

What You Need to Know When Someone Hoards

Published by: ellyadmin

According to the American Psychiatric Association, 2-6% of the U.S. population exhibit a hoarding disorder.  This tendency doesn’t suddenly disappear when a person enters a senior living community. So, if you have  worked in eldercare for any length of time, you have likely encountered hoarding. But what is hoarding and  how does it differ from being a “pack rat?” 

This webinar will explore hoarding in senior living by first defining hoarding and identifying the types of  hoarding behaviors. The webinar explores the scope of the issue in various levels of senior living including independent, assisted living, SNF, and senior housing. In addition, the reasons why individuals may hoard,  health conditions that might lead to hoarding behavior, and the effects (physical, social, and emotional) of  hoarding behavior will be examined. 

Approaches and signs for recognizing hoarding behavior will be addressed in this webinar. In addition,  strategies to address hoarding in senior living will be offered including how to balance interventions with  resident rights, standardized assessment to determine the severity of hoarding, the dos and don’ts of  communicating with a hoarder, and practices for supporting the hoarder toward a place of health and well being. Additional evidence-based tips for supporting individuals who don’t think they hoard and for living with  someone who is hoarding will be offered. 

When dealing with a hoarder, you need to make the most of your encounters. By learning a new way to break  down the barriers of hoarders, you can make a difference in their quality of life and teach them, their families,  and staff how to help them understand it and how to help them. 

  • Describe the scope of hoarding in senior living and how it differs from collecting. 
  • Identify signs of hoarding behaviors and their effects on health and well-being. 
  • List strategies providers may use to address and reduce hoarding behavior in residents and tenants. Identify verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to address hoarding and support the emotional  well-being of hoarders. 

Who Should Attend 

Social Workers, Administrators, Nurse Leaders, Department Heads, and other staff who may encounter hoarding situations. Appropriate for all provider types including nursing home, assisted living, and independent  living (some content may be appropriate for home and community-based services and adult day services as  well). 

What’s Included 

Registration fee is per individual and includes digital handouts, one connection to the virtual, live-streaming  event per individual registered, and a CE credit/attendance certificate for one person. This event will NOT be  recorded; therefore, a recording of this event is NOT included in the registration fee.


Member rate – $65; Nonmember rate – $95


Kathleen Weissberg, OTD, OTR/L, Education Director. Select Rehabilitation  

Kathleen Weissberg, in her more than 25 years of practice, has worked in long term care as a  researcher/educator and has established various programs in nursing facilities including palliative care and end  of life care, incontinence management, falls management and dementia care and staging. She currently  provides continuing education support to 6,000 therapists nationwide as director of education for Select  Rehabilitation. She has lectured nationally, at the state level, and authored publication on the topics such as  patient satisfaction outcomes in long term care, restraint reduction and fall prevention, driving and the elderly,  dementia management, palliative care, and hospital readmissions. She has presented at previous LeadingAge  conferences for Georgia, South Carolina, Michigan, New York, and has authored articles for publication for  LeadingAge Florida and Texas. 


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