An interview with a Hoarder
If you know someone who needs help with this unseen condition, it is crucial to encourage them to seek help, not just for their mental state and health but also for their safety and wellbeing.
People hoarding may affect:
• Someone who lives alone.
• Someone who has just been divorced or widowed.
• Living with a family member who is or was known for hoarding.
• Someone who was deprived as a child.
• A person who was not allowed to buy things for themselves.
• Living in a house which was known for hoarding, so they don’t know any different.
Items for reasons that are not obvious to others, such as sentimental value, a useful item or just because it looks nice, become attached to the individual.
The effects on the hoarder
• Ashamed to leave the house.
• Avoiding family members visiting their home.
• Low self-esteem.
• Little or no personal hygiene.
• Depression or other psychological conditions.
• Unhealthy eating.
How to differentiate hoarding and collecting.
Hobby type collections such as models, stamp, or book collecting may not be considered hoarding but as a collection. The significant difference between hoarders and collectors is that the items kept by a hobbyist will be stored in an organised manner and is easily managed, whereas a hoarder will be chaotic, unmanaged and inaccessible.
Hoarding affects one in 2-5% of households in the UK and is classed as OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).
The list of dangers of hoarding is exhaustible but will include
• Trip hazards.
• Fire hazards.
• Unhealthy eating and hygiene.
• No direct path through their home or rooms.
• Rodent and/or mites around the home.
How to help a hoarder.
The gentle, gentle approach is always best, but the first port of call should be to direct the person or persons to their local GP or health authority. These professionals will have access to medication if needed and psychological professionals.
Click here for the NHS Support page.
How to help hoarders
• DO NOT JUDGE!
• Contact your local GP or Health Authority.
• Contact a Charity that specialises in hoarding.
• Look for a Local hoarding and clutter clearance company. They will implement a system that will help the person you are concerned about.
• Implement manageable tasks to aid the recovery process.
• Offer to help with daily routines like shopping or refuse disposal.
• Motivate and praise the most minor change in the persons’ habit.
Although each case of this condition is different JDee Specialist Cleaning Solutions offer tailor-made systems or tiered systems to support you. We will endeavour to recycle as much as possible to keep the clearance cost down, but we may need to hire refuse skips in the worst-case scenario.
• We will help you clear unwanted items and implement a system to aid your recovery.
Decluttering and cleaning
• Decluttering as above, but with the added cleaning service throughout your home, including kitchen cupboards, cooker, laundry and bathrooms.
• All of the above, but with total clearance, we will deep clean your home from top to bottom, including carpet and upholstery cleaning.
If you need help or know someone who needs help, reach out; WE WANT TO HELP!
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