I printed out your Do’s and Don’ts, hung it on my fridge, and look at it every day when I try to help my mother... I’ve finally been able to reach her...
Mount Laurel, New Jersey (PRWEB) May 30, 2013
Pop culture has shone its white hot spotlight on a group who, until recently, has been reluctant to step out of the shadows. Courtesy of hit television documentaries like A&E’s Hoarders, viewers across the US have been granted a sneak peek into the hardships and struggles of those suffering from the hoarding condition.
Once considered eccentric loners, reality TV has proven that hoarders are simply everyday people struggling with a very complicated condition. Whether due to denser populations, or the fact that privacy has no place in the era of social media, modern society is learning that hoarders are neighbors, friends, or even family members.
For far too long, the hoarding condition has been misdiagnosed and mishandled by physicians, mental health professionals, and family members alike. Hoarding affects as much as 5% of the world’s population and has been a widespread hardship since the dawn of recorded history. With all of the vices that may arise by overexposing a topic through mainstream media, perhaps hoarders have benefited from the spotlight.
Hoarding service SI Restoration has devoted over twenty years to devising methods and practices to help those in their community suffering from hoarding live happier, healthier lives. Thanks to the expansion of subsidiary Address Our Mess, SI Restoration is able to reach 25 out of the 50 United States, creating more livable environments for their clients. Perhaps the most important program they have developed has been one that helps hoarders and their family cope with the deep cleaning overhaul and the eminent changes that come along with it.
The Official Guide of Do’s and Don’ts for Helping Hoarders has proven to be extremely helpful in the healing process for hoarders and families. “I printed out your Do’s and Don’ts, hung it on my fridge, and look at it every day when I try to help my mother,” explained an anonymous client of Address Our Mess to a technician. “I’ve finally been able to reach her and communicate with her better because of it.”
Communication is key in any trust-building situation. The Guide covers simple tips like wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when entering a hoarded home, how to organize and sort through mounds of objects, and how to properly handle the items. However, the most important advice of all is designed to help hoarders and their helpers understand where the other is coming from.
For helpers, understanding the emotional connection their loved one has with each and every object in the hoard is crucial to the deep cleaning process. Inversely, the hoarder must be able to comprehend that their helpers care about them and want them to live in a healthy environment. By putting the shoe on the other foot, each side is able to build a bond of trust that will guide them through the entire cleaning and healing process.
There are many clutter cleaning options to choose from. Every family and situation is unique, requiring different courses of action. No matter which option a hoarder may choose, the Official Guide of Do’s and Don’ts for Helping Hoarders is the perfect starting point on the road to recovery.