Intervention: Preparing a Hoarder for a Specialty Clean
Ok so you have made the decision that the time has come to confront your friend or loved one but you are not sure where to even begin. Here are some tips that you may find helpful in getting your friend or family member the assistance they need. Below are some do’s and don’ts that can help you prepare them for a specialty cleaning and help them see there is a better way for them to live:
1. Seek professional help from a mental health professional who deals with hoarding or a company that specializes in extreme or “specialty” clutter and debris sorting and removal of contents that has the experience working with hoarders.
2. Show care and compassion for them and resist the urge to get impatient or angry with them. Tell them that you understand but want to get them help so that they can live in a clutter free and healthy home environment again.
3. Talk about safety concerns you have about their home being a fire hazard or medical personnel may not be able to assist them in an emergency or the fact that they may become sick simply from living in an unhealthy home.
4. Show compassion for their belongings and help them see that many of these items do not have value and that many of these items can be disposed of or donated to charity.
5. One of the most important things is to reassure them that you are not there to judge them only help them and that you will keep things confidential.
1. Make fun or criticize their situation.
2. Try to force them to take action right away or immediately, it may take several discussions to get them to cooperate with you.
3. Make them feel ashamed of their situation. Although they may not say it, they may understand they shouldn’t be living this way.
4. Don’t threaten to start throwing their stuff out.
5. Make a huge lists of tasks for them to do. It may be best to start with a small manageable list first and go from there.
Once you have got the approval from the hoarder to call a professional, give us a call and we can set up a time to meet to begin the process of a specialty clean.
Have them watch this video so they can see how a specialty clean can truly make them feel great again and Glad They Called Sage!
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