Phenomenology of squalor, hoarding and self-neglect: an Australian aged care perspective
Article first published online: 26 JAN 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Internal Medicine Journal © 2012 Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Internal Medicine Journal
Volume 42, Issue 1, pages 98–101, January 2012
How to Cite
Lee, S. M. and LoGiudice, D. (2012), Phenomenology of squalor, hoarding and self-neglect: an Australian aged care perspective. Internal Medicine Journal, 42: 98–101. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2011.02634.x
Conflict of interest: None.
- Issue published online: 26 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 26 JAN 2012
- Received 31 July 2010; accepted 7 September 2010.
- Diogenes syndrome
Aged care health professionals in Australia are increasingly referred patients whose standard of cleanliness and self-care has deteriorated to levels resulting in public health concern. This paper describes three illustrative case studies of people referred to an Australian Aged Care Assessment Service who present with ‘Diogenes Syndrome’. The diversity and complexity of these cases reflect variable underlying diagnoses. Symptoms of self-neglect, hoarding and domestic squalor and combinations thereof may provide a more useful classification system of the older person who presents in such circumstances than the frequently used term Diogenes syndrome. Practical guidelines are required for appropriate assessment and management of these conditions.