A question presented to me: When I was younger, my mom was so organized but lately she’s changed. She keeps everything, even garbage. There’s stuff all over the floor. I fear for her safety. What can I do?
The first thing to do is talk to your mom and share your concerns. Bring things to her attention like spoiled food that, if eaten by accident, can make her sick. Ask her if she feels safe with getting around her home. Be aware that she might have days when she can’t think clearly but it might not be every day, so interact with her often. I do not advise throwing things away without her permission. This can cause mental and physical issues out of your control.
How old is she?
50’s & 60’s? Leave her alone, unless there are possible health or mental issues
70’s? Start considering her health. Maybe her eyesight is declining. Maybe she is depressed, she does not want to face aging. If she’s able, start planning for her future together. Maybe, she is in great shape but has changed her interests. Hire someone to help her.
80’s? Things might be getting serious. Time to visit often and consider options
90’s? She probably needs someone to help her everyday. She can not be expected to do what she used to, she is not the same person, physically