Hoarding is the process in which someone acquires an excessive number of items and stores them in a chaotic manner, usually resulting in unmanageable and often dangerous amounts of clutter filling everyday living spaces.
The items often hold no real monetary value. Hoarding is considered a significant problem if:
It's very important that individuals who hoard are encourage and enabled to seek help. Experiencing difficult with discarding items can lead to other issues with well-being such as loneliness and mental health problems in addition to creating a health and safety risk.
See below our guide to the support that is available
Acknowledging that there is a problem is the first step. Over time it is easy to loose sight of how your home used to be and how unsafe it may of become. Within our free downloads we have included a tool that professionals often use to help determine the level and impact of clutter and to establish your own view of your home. Download the Clutter Image Rating to assess your environment by clicking the link below.
There is a wealth of support and interventions available to you, providing that you can pluck up the courage to access it.
Often hoarding is associated with another co-morbidity such as depression or anxiety, it could be the cause of these or as a result of them. In any case your GP is an important point of contact.
There are also several websites dedictaed to supporting individuals who hoard:
Alternatively our team are always more than happy to have an informal chat either on the phone, via email or face to face to discuss your current situation and explain the ways in which we may be able to help.
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If you have turned to Daisies for help with decluttering, your in good hands.
Our carefully selected team have an extensive combined background in Health and Social care and are always undertaking further training to ensure that they hold the best hoarding specific training available.
Following on from our initial contact we will organise a "site visit". Individuals often find this harder than making the initial contact but do not worry, we understand the circumstances that can lead to hoarding.
During the site visit we will discuss together what you hope to achieve. This planning stage is very important, it allows us to tailor our support to you and to only work within the boundaries with which you feel comfortable. We will then discuss costings, time and availability. Where necessary we can support you in seeking financial support.
Finally the big day will arrive and its natural to be feeling anxious about the process ahead of you. We are not a company that will simply come in heavy handed and remove everything, we can assure you that your be treated with respect and dignity. We will guide you where necessary in terms of health and safety but strongly believe that your input should be welcomed when sorting through items and is an important element in long term success.