Council becomes first in Scotland to recognise hoarding as mental health disorder

Council becomes first in Scotland to recognise hoarding as mental health disorder

A town hall has become the first in Scotland to recognise hoarders as having a mental health difficulty. Perth and Kinross Council has drawn up a “hoarding protocol” to help staff deal with people who suffer from compulsive hoarding behaviour. The new working group consists of team leaders from a host of council departments, including housing, social work and community mental health, along with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Bill Atkinson, acting executive director of housing and community safety for Perth and Kinross Council, said: “Compulsive hoarding is challenging to treat because many people who hoard do not consider it

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When things become too much – how to help a hoarder

When things become too much - how to help a hoarder

Having to help a hoarder was not what Bec Schuer was expecting when she started dating her husband Lee. Before they sought help the lived together with some room mates. At the time, she thought all of the stuff crammed into Lee’s house belonged to him and his roommates. When they later moved into a studio apartment together in Massachusetts, she realised all of that stuff was Lee’s. Overflowing boxes, stacks of albums and games — the seemingly endless inventory filled not only their home but a storage unit and shed, as well. Bec’s frustration mounted when, months into their marriage,

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Firefights couldn’t access hoarded home due to severe amount of clutter

Firefights couldn't access hoarded home due to severe amount of clutter

Firefighters were unable to prevent the deaths of a couple of excessive hoarders who died after a fire engulfed their home. Clare and Robert Cain’s house was so full of contents the fire service could not gain entry after they were trapped when the blaze started in the front lounge. Mr Cain, known as Bob, was a self professed “hoarder” and admitted to being a “compulsive buyer, who could not resist a bargain”. However his shopping obsession took over the couple’s three bedroomed, semi-detached home, in Mather Avenue, Allerton with every room and even the couples car, described by the

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More than 50 cats rescued from a home in Tucson

More than 50 cats rescued from a home in Tucson

Cats are one of the most popular domesticated pets in the world and. With an estimated 600 million in the world, there’s plenty to go around! Try to imagine then what this person’s house must of looked like as they hoarded not just standard items like newspapers, magazines, cans etc, but cats also. Imagine the smell! More than 50 cats and kittens have been rescued from a Tucson home in what is the third hoarding rescue in three weeks. Field service officers have removed 54 cats from the overflowing home. Members of the shelter team have worked late into the night

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Hoarding is a serious disorder – and it’s only getting worse…

Hoarding is a serious disorder - and it's only getting worse...

Hoarding disorder is definitely not something that is new. Unfortunately, only in recent years has it become monitored by qualified professionals such as researchers, social workers, psychologists, fire marshals and public-health officials. At the moment the disorder is considered an emerging condition but it is certain to grow with the ageing population. The main reason why is that even though hoarding begins in adolescence, it can worse with age. Particularly after the death of a partner or another personal crisis. An example of this is a woman called Sandy Stark. She loved to collect pretty things when she was a girl which

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Self-Neglect: The Risk of Fire In a Hoarded Home

Self-Neglect: The Risk of Fire In a Hoarded Home

Just four days before Robert Crane died in a fire at his flat, social services closed his referral. Robert had refused a community care assessment and a social worker had deemed his hoarding “a lifestyle choice” that he had the capacity to make. The 61-year-old had a history of mental illness and was known to services for regularly lighting a fire and stockpiling flammable items in his home. Care teams and housing officers would arrive to find broken furniture and electrical speakers piled high inside. Sometimes the only way to get in was climbing over a broken sofa that partially

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The Why Factor – Hoarding In Your Home

The Why Factor - Hoarding In Your Home

Imagine your home is so filled with stuff that moving around it is almost impossible. Every bit of space is piled high with books, pictures, DVDs and newspapers so you can’t even get into some rooms – not even the bathroom or kitchen. There’s nowhere to sit and no room for visitors. That’s what life is like for those with a hoarding disorder and their close family and friends. It’s a recognised mental illness, an uncontrollable desire to acquire and keep an excessive number of objects and it’s thought to affect between 2-6% of the UK and US population. So

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Social Enterprise Day 2016 – Social Enterprise UK

Social Enterprise Day 2016 - Social Enterprise UK

Social Enterprise Day on Thursday 17th November 2016 is an opportunity for the 70,000 social enterprises across the UK to shout about the good work they’re doing and the difference they’re making. Using social media is a quick and easy way to do this. Social Enterprise UK are inviting social enterprises to tell their stories with the #WhoKnew hashtag and to post pictures on their social media feeds (including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) to showcase their organisations. They’re also inviting people who love and buy from social enterprises to post pictures of their favourite social enterprise products or services on their social media feeds.

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Blind Hoarder Lived With Son’s Corpse For 20 Years

Blind Hoarder Lived With Son's Corpse For 20 Years

Rita Wolfensohn, an elderly and blind Brooklyn woman, appears to have been living with the corpse of her son for approximately 20 years. Wolfensohn’s sister-in-law, Josette Buchman, discovered a “completely intact” skeleton wearing jeans, socks and a shirt in a second-story bedroom that was filled with garbage and cobwebs, reports the Daily Mail. Buchman told the New York Post that the skeleton was lying on a mattress on the floor. It looked like “some reverse ‘Psycho’ scene,” in the words of a law enforcement officer who was quoted by The Post. Officials, who said the room smelled like rotting food

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Heather To Deliver a Hoarding Awareness Talk In Leeds

Heather To Deliver a Hoarding Awareness Talk In Leeds

Later this month, on the 22nd of September, Heather will be travelling to Leeds to deliver a talk on hoarding and how it is becoming a problem within the sector. Hoarding has been identified as a growing problem within the sector, and landlords face tough decisions on how best to support vulnerable tenants putting themselves and others at considerable risk when budgets are under pressure. This talk will explore all aspects of hoarding for housing professionals – understanding causation, which can be complex, the necessity of action from a health and safety perspective, what the problem is, how multi-agency working

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