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Social care responses to self-neglect and hoarding among older people: What works in practice?

Aims

The overall aim of this exploratory study is to improve practice understanding of what works in responses to self-neglect and hoarding among older people.

Funding

NIHR School for Social Care Research (Research Project P156)

Methods

The study is using a mixed-methods approach. The literature and policy review phase involves: 1. Analysis of research literature on hoarding and self-neglect. 2. Review of national and local policy on hoarding and self-neglect. 3. Review of published literature on the perceptions/experiences of practitioners and of service users/those with personal experience/clients of hoarding and self-neglect. We will also conduct an analysis of Safeguarding Adults Reviews in this field.

Working with six sites in England, we are conducting interviews with safeguarding managers, practitioners and service users and family members. Finally, Michela Tinelli (LSE) is leading on an exploratory evaluation of the economic impact of self-neglect and hoarding among older people.

We are working with Age UK London on this project.

Ethics approval for this project

NHS Health Research Authority, West Midlands - Coventry & Warwickshire Research Ethics Committee Ref: 21/WM/0109

Note on research team

Nicole Steils replaced John Woolham as co-Principal Investigator of this project on 1 January 2022. John was co-Principal Investigator from the project's inception until his retirement at the end of 2021. John became a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King's in February 2022. 

Martin Stevens was a member of the research team until his death in March 2022.

Summary of findings

Analysis is ongoing. Findings from the early phases of the project have been published in two reports and two articles (see under Outputs below).

Related work in adult safeguarding

See also the Unit's parallel project: Opening the "too difficult box": Strengthening adult safeguarding responses to homelessness and self-neglect.

See also

Decluttering the homes of people with hoarding behaviours: Local authority commissioning, professional practices, and user experiences (Project page)

 

Partners

NIHR School for Social Care Research

LSE

London School of Economics

Project status: Ongoing

Principal investigators

Steils 160

Nicole Steils

Research Fellow

Prof J Manthorpe

Jill Manthorpe

Professor of Social Work

Keywords

  • Hoarding
  • Self-neglect
  • Older
  • Safeguarding

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