Hoarding disorder, dementia and a wish to return home

“The woman at the centre of the case I’m reporting on today is 82 years old, with both dementia and a hoarding disorder,
She’s now in a care home under an urgent order which expires in two days’ time, and she wants to return home.”

Promoting Open Justice in the Court of Protection

Celia Kitzinger,5thDecember 2022

This is the fifth Court of Protection case I’ve observed about someone with hoarding disorder. (Take a look at my previous blog post: “A case of hoarding” which describes plans to return a person home with safeguards in place to keep her safe.)

The woman at the centre of the case I’m reporting on today is 82 years old, with both dementia and a hoarding disorder,

She’s now in a care home under an urgent order which expires in two days’ time, and she wants to return home.

The case (COP 14017786) was heard remotely before Mrs Justice Morgan, sitting in the Royal Courts of Justice on 22ndNovember 2022.

Until October 2022 she’d lived in a care home, but then decided to return to her home – which was “dilapidated and in a dangerous state”.

She was thought…

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