BOSTON (WWLP) - A proposed law would list "hoarding" as a form of abuse. 22News explains why state lawmakers think it’s important to protect seniors from their clutter.
Hoarding can become a major health and fire hazard that has resulted in deaths in Massachusetts.
The State Legislature's Elder Affairs Committee heard a new bill Monday that aims to protect seniors by putting hoarding on a list of offenses considered abusive to the elderly.
It allows homecare workers, social workers and other state employees to file an investigation when they see instances of hoarding among seniors.
Hoarding is described by the Mayo Clinic as the excessive collection of items and the inability to throw them away.
Rep. Paul Brodeur (D) Melrose told 22News, “It's much more common than folks would think. It raises issues of capacity, attention to detail and ability to take care of oneself.”
Rep. Brodeur says hoarding can be a difficult issue to address when a person believes they are competent and doesn't see their hoarding as a problem.
However, hoarding can become a major health and fire hazard that has resulted in deaths in Massachusetts.