Hi all! I'm currently visiting some relatives in Australia (I'm from Singapore BTW) and I've noticed that their mom (my grandaunt) isn't very well. To be precise, she has hoarding compulsions and insists on filling up every available space with food. When the food rots she throws it away and buys more. In addition, she recovered from a stroke a few years ago but doesn't seem to want to continue with physical therapy, so her left leg is semi-paralyzed and she has to use a walking frame to get around.
She's also semi-delusional and will sometimes tell people that they did things they didn't do or that they didn't do things that they did do.
All this poses a strain on my granduncle, who is her primary caregiver. I think he is dealing with it pretty well considering his age (he is 70+) but I remain concerned.
Her family is very concerned for her well-being and would like her to go to see a doctor, but she steadfastly refuses, maintaining that there is nothing wrong with her. She gets very upset if anyone tries to throw away whatever she's hoarded. She's only semi-literate in English so it's hard to get her to read anything. My cousins tell me that she has led a very hard life with probable trauma/child abuse when she was younger, which would probably explain her current situation.
As it stands what my granduncle does is let her buy the food, then let her throw it away when it rots - not the perfect solution but according to him at least it keeps the peace!
The way I see it the best way to help would be to get her to see a doctor who could help by prescribing medication of some kind, but if the patient does not think she's sick, I'm not sure what to do.