Hoarding disorder comes with a long list of risks: fire and safety hazards, unsanitary living situations, possible eviction and homelessness, among others. In our Hoarding At Home series, we have covered some of the issues we come across and the solutions we provide. In this installment, we address a risk that is rarely thought about, but the most tragic - unattended death.
The risk of unattended death can be especially high for senior citizens with hoarding disorder. Because senior citizens with hoarding disorder often live alone, isolate themselves, and have declining health, they are at risk of passing away and not being found for days, weeks, or sometimes even months.
DECOMPOSITION ODOR AND DEATH CLEANUP
One of the most challenging situations we face as death cleanup specialists is the unattended death, when a person dies and is not found for days or even longer. For the family affected, dealing with a death cleanup can be a grim experience. Considering the difficult and disturbing nature of decomposition, as well as the potential health hazards associated, remediating the situation is a job for professional trauma scene cleaners like Sage Restoration.
If left untreated, even the smallest amount of biological material may lead to serious physical damage within the home. Airborne bacteria cause lingering odors which, in addition to being unpleasant, can impact both the safety and well-being of future occupants.
Most people are shocked to realize that a decomposed body can begin to impact a home’s livability in only a few hours, under some weather conditions. Often within a few days, personal property such as furniture, books, clothes and carpeting are forever ruined.
Our team are experts who wear personal protective equipment and follow approved safety and disinfection procedures to help return the scene to a safe, clean state. If required, we will remove personal property and affected structural elements such as flooring, and dispose according to biohazard regulations.
Our process helps to ensure that all surfaces are fully cleansed, disinfected and deodorized.
We provide unattended death cleanup services to individual families, as well as property managers and commercial accounts. Sage Restoration expert technicians are available to help you 24/7, so you don’t have to wait a moment longer.
Sage Restoration has helped families and friends recover properties from the results of hoarding for almost 20 years. No matter how severe the problem, Sage protects your privacy and provides compassionate services designed to restore your loved one’s home and make it livable once again.
If you or a loved one is experiencing a death in the home and need cleanup services, contact the experts at Sage Restoration today! #ServiceWithCompassion