Compulsive hoarding (also called 'hoarding disorder') involves collecting a large amount of items, and being unable or unwilling to get rid of them. These objects cover the living areas of the home, for example the bed, causing significant distress or the inability to live healthily and safely.
A consequence of severe hoarding is that the individual has so many items, they can no longer use their living space. This can lead to health problems because of:
- difficulty maintaining hygiene
- risk of fire
- risk of falling or being crushed by objects
- structural damage to the property
In severe situations, there is often also financial hardship and self-neglect.
What help is available?
We work in partnership with Age UK Teesside, who can support with:
- decluttering your home
- home organisation skills
- therapeutic support
- peer support
- wider holistic support
Find out more about how the hoarding service has helped people.