7. Contacting a hoarding cleanup service and hoarder support services
HD is a serious condition that can have dangerous consequences. When out of control, it can lead to fire hazards, health hazards, and other risks. If left unattended, hoarding situations may be life-threatening.
Bio-One is a hoarding cleanup company that can help you overcome and deal with the consequences of a hoarding situation. As professional cleaners and biohazard remediation specialists, our specialists are prepared to get rid of clutter and clear out unnecessary items and trash, restoring your home to a safe space again. We also offer hoarder support services to help you or your family members deal with the psychological aspects of hoarding.
If you are dealing with hoarding or know about a loved one, a family member, friend, or a neighbor who might be dealing with hoarding and needs a cleanup/decluttering company, do not hesitate to contact us. Not only can we help you in the process of moving forward, but our deeply caring specialists will assist you with whatever tools you need to overcome the hoarding problem.
What are the symptoms of HD?
The most common symptoms of HD include excessive acquisition and retention of possessions, difficulty discarding items, clutter that significantly impairs an individual's quality of life, and significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
Who is at risk for HD?
It can affect anyone, but it is more common in older adults. A traumatic life event, signs of stress at a very young age, and a history of clinical conditions also play a part in people at risk of developing HD.
What is the treatment for HD?
There are many different treatments for hoarding, but the most common include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and medication. A combination of counseling, medicine, and organizational support is also provided to those struggling with hoarding.
How is HD diagnosed?
It is diagnosed by a health professional based on a clinical evaluation. There are no specific tests that can be used to diagnose HD. Check the Bio-One resources page if you need help from a hoarding task force or local authorities.
How can HD be prevented?
There is no known way to prevent HD, but early diagnosis and treatment can help reduce its severity.
Should I clean up hoarding by myself?
Attempting to clean up a hoarded house or property may be challenging and overwhelming if you don't know the basics about this condition, not to mention that anyone trying to clean a hoarded property should have the necessary tools and PPE (safety gear, hard hats, mask, etc.).
Additionally, cleaning and decluttering a house without the hoarder's consent might cause more significant damage and worsen the situation. Learn more about the Anxiety & Depression Association of America on staging an intervention.
What is the fastest way to clean a hoarder's house?
HD must be treated with the utmost care and compassion. Forcing a hoarder to start cleaning without providing him with the necessary medical treatment and attention won't solve the problem. For the same reasons described above, we highly recommend that anyone with the intention of helping a hoarder overcome HD educate themselves about the topic before proceeding with a cleanup process.
What is Bio-One's approach to hoarding cleanup?
Bio-One's approach to hoarding cleanup is to work closely with the hoarder and their families to meet everyone's needs. We work closely with hoarders to consult with them through the process and return their environment to safe and comfortable. We also understand the importance of discretion and respect for our customers' privacy.