Hoarding, also known as ‘hoarding disorder’ and previously referred to as ‘compulsive hoarding’, can have a significant impact on the hoarder themselves, neighbours, housing staff and housing providers in a number of different ways. It has historically been a hidden, but very present, concern for housing providers. However, an increase in media interest over the last few years has significantly raised awareness and has led to this disorder being recognised by many agencies as a new priority. However, which agency leads on a case is often a lengthy debate before support is provided, and there are many reasons a person may hoard (trauma, genetic propensity etc.) and is often a solution to a problem they do not know they have.
These individuals are potentially the most excluded and vulnerable members of our society; the frustrations you face in seeking help on their behalf is perhaps one they have experience of already. The anti-social behaviour ranges from verbal abuse, acts of vandalism to physical threats of violence. Many will have other health conditions that are not helped by their living conditions; it is important to lookout and recognise any health issues including drug and/or alcohol issues, mobility issues, fire and safety issues when visiting or meeting with the person(s). Not all hoarders live alone, there can be other family members within the household.
Remember, if you or someone you know is suffering from hoarding, you can contact us at www.facebook.com/CloudsEndCIC for help.
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