Lawyers working with older adults are likely to encounter challenges related to self-neglect and hoarding. Intervening in self-neglect cases can be very complicated. Clients who have a hoarding disorder may be living in conditions that make it impossible for them to live in safety, resulting in self-neglecting behaviors. This session discusses the most common root causes of self-neglect and hoarding disorders, provides insight into the complexity of the issues, and offers suggestions of how to offer help. The webinar also explores legal issues and the lawyer’s role when working with older adult clients.
The webinar covers:
• Understanding self-neglect and helping without harming.
• The line between self-neglect being a human services issue and a legal issue.
• Assessing possible hoarding disorder cases.
• Suggestions when working with a person with hoarding disorder.
• When hoarding becomes a legal issue.
David Godfrey, Senior Attorney, ABA Commission on Law and Aging
Eileen Dacey, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Specialist, North Shore Center for Hoarding and Cluttering Program