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Authors

  1. Chater, Catherine MSc, OT Reg
  2. Shaw, Jay MPT
  3. McKay, Sandra M. PhD

Abstract

Hoarding is a mental health disorder characterized by difficulties with discarding possessions, yielding cluttered and chaotic home environments that can pose significant safety concerns, impairment to functioning, and distress for those who live in and encounter these situations. Understanding the condition and the strategies available to support individuals who hoard are important skills for the home care provider and are described here in the context of one community organization's response via the development of a Community Clutter and Hoarding Toolkit.