Hoarding is not easy to define and is often misunderstood. It's not usually a choice and is closely related to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Hoarding is a type of compulsion and the person affected often doesn't see it as a concern, therefore, tailored and expert support is needed to help overcome it.
The NHS define hoarding as: ‘where someone acquires an excessive number of items and stores them in a chaotic manner, usually resulting in unmanageable amounts of clutter. The items can be of little or no monetary value.’
This definition is useful in understanding the foundation of hoarding, but because it's complex and different for everyone, it's important for us to carry out a full review of the situation to understand the root causes and can create the best pathway to recovery.
How we can help?
We have trained specialists who are able to carry out bespoke support if you, or someone you know, is experiencing hoarding including the tools to provide practical support (such as clearance and storage solutions) and can also signpost you to external agencies for advice.
We've already helped many people and will continue to by:
- Set out small, manageable steps to take to improve the condition of the property
- Carry out honest, open conversation around why you, or someone you might know, is experiencing hoarding
- Hold agreed, regular visits (when it is safe to do so) to review your progress and make sure the support needed is there
- Provide long-term personal support for as long as required
- Arranging skips and removal vans for unwanted items
External support services
We know that good results come from developing strong partnerships with support services and we work closely with them to increase our support provision.
If you, or someone you know, want to seek expert help for hoarding, we recommend getting in touch with us or one of the organisations below.