Hoarding Help Tool Kit: Finding Help for Hoarding
Obsessive compulsive hoarding is estimated to affect anywhere from 700,000 to 1.4 million people in the US. It’s a serious concern that many people often don’t know how to deal with. When a hoarder is ready to get help it can be confusing to figure out where to start, but there are a number of resources out there to help hoarders.
Hoarding cleanup often takes a lot of support in order for the home to get and remain clean. Some states have developed task forces that work with numerous agencies to help hoarders in their communities. Task forces are generally open to anyone who is interested and they aim to educate people about the hoarding condition. They also help develop and maximize resources that can help with the treatment and education processes. States that offer these services will have it listed on the state website.
Mental Health Professionals
If hoarding is going to be stopped long-term, the underlying causes need to be addressed first. Hoarders can seek out trained and licensed professionals that specialize in hoarding to counsel and support them during and after the cleanup process. Therapists can be found through loved one recommendations or through the International OCD Foundation website.
Hoarders can also seek help with support groups. Hoarders Anonymous locations help hoarders express themselves and find solutions in a group setting.
Professional Cleanup Services
Some hoarding situations are more extreme than others, but all of them require detailed cleaning. Hoarded homes often have clutter or trash that make it difficult to navigate the home. Often when the home is in this condition, it’s too large of a project for one person to handle and it can be unsafe due to potential biohazards. If the plumbing is not functional or there are pets in the home, there may be waste that is unsafe to come into contact with.
The best solution for hoarding cleanup is to hire a professional service. It’s important to hire a company that is sensitive to the situation and understands how a hoarder feels while someone is entering their home and going through their belongings.
Address Our Mess employs a case manager with every job to work as a personal support system for the hoarder during cleanup. All trash haul and donation management are handled by the company and at the end of the job the hoarder’s home is guaranteed to be returned to a safe and livable condition.