VA Home Care
There are so many different potential hazards that exist in almost every home across the country. Many people don’t think about these various risk factors until something bad happens, either to themselves, another family member, or a guest who has visited them. When you’re talking about aging veterans, especially those who may have a habit of hoarding, it’s important to show how much you care about their health and well-being at home.
How can hoarding pose certain health issues?
Hoarding is a particular behavior in which somebody has a tendency to hold onto items and can’t seem to get rid of them. Some people hoard newspapers and will have stacks upon stacks of newspapers, many years old, piled up in their basement, in the attic, in spare bedrooms, and wherever else they can find room.
A hoarder could also have a tendency to go out to various tag sales, flea markets, antique stores, and anywhere else they can pick up what many people would consider useless junk. Even though they may not have a need for these items, they won’t get rid of them. It may be considered a mental illness to some degree, but a lot of individuals who hoard items in their home have some type of trauma in their past that makes it difficult for them to let things go.
Some veterans, especially those who served in a combat situation, may have suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder and didn’t receive proper care once they returned home to civilian life. While hoarding can certainly pose safety issues with regard to tripping, falling, and having items fall on top of them, it can also have the risk of encouraging mold and mildew to grow in the house.
September is Mold Awareness Month and if you have a family member who is an aging veteran and is hoarding a lot of stuff in his house, it’s important that you find ways to help him get rid of these items for his own safety. It’s also a good idea to have somebody thoroughly checked the house, especially around and behind various boxes, newspapers, and other items that may be in the same place for years upon end.
Mold can create respiratory issues for just about anyone of any age. The longer an elderly individual is exposed to certain molds and mildew’s, the more likely they will develop respiratory illnesses that can directly impact their overall health and safety at home.
For more information and to learn about VA Home Care, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.