Things to Consider When Assisting a Hoarder

Compulsive hoarding is a serious mental disorder; people who suffer from this condition may require the help of their friends and loved ones in pursuing more organized lives. However, if you have decided on offering your assistance to a hoarder, it is very important to prioritize your own safety.

When helping clean a hoarder’s place, here are a few things that you should keep in mind:
  • Be prepared for the things that you will encounter, which may range from sharp objects to rats and other animals; gear up — put on work clothes (i.e. long pants, long-sleeved shirt, mask, and gloves)
  • Be aware of the possible diseases that you can catch inside the house.
  • Neglect may have led to the deterioration of the building’s structural integrity so be extra careful when moving about.

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