Hoarding Recovery

The Care for You Hoarding Recovery Service is presented as a separate page for a number of reasons. First, about the only similarity between hoarded homes and homes with excessive clutter is that both have excessive clutter. A major difference between the individuals inhabiting those different households is that the hoarder does not want to get rid of anything whereas the person with excessive clutter is happy to be rid of it.

Following from the distinction between those willing and unwilling to recreate a “clean well-lighted place,” hoarders are eventually served an eviction notice if they live in a residence with common walls: e.g., condominium, town house or apartment. The hoarded home creates a fire and health hazard to both the resident and the neighbors. Over the nearly 10 years Care for You has been offering a hoarding recovery service, success has almost always required the threat of eviction. Otherwise, the true hoarder will not initiate the required action to start the project.

A third reason our Hoarding Recovery Service is on its own page is that it is not a single service. Rather, it is an integrated and coordinated set of services.

A Hoarding Recovery project usually starts with a phone call from someone who has received an eviction notice. A Care for You representative then sets an appointment for an in-home assessment. The assessment will allow an initial determination of the skills, services and time needed to complete the project. With this information, a stay of eviction is sought. Outside entities that can become involved include apartment management, condo associations, government entities – health, public works – and legal professionals.

Before and After

Room – before Room – after
Changing area – before Changing area – after

The Hoarding Recovery Team performs most or all of the following tasks over the course of a project, depending on individual requirements.

Sorting for:

  • Donating
  • Recycling
  • Trashing
  • Keeping
  • Selling
  • Hauling
  • Appraising
  • Exterminating
  • Mold and mildew remediating
  • Moving
  • Heavy cleaning
  • Construction
  • Replacing appliances
  • On-going support

Deep Cleaning

The only similarity between hoarded homes and homes with excessive clutter is that both have excessive clutter. The hoarder does not want to get rid of anything whereas the person with excessive clutter is happy to be rid of it. To this end, Care for You provides a continuum of cleaning services.

It’s important to start off a new relationship on the right foot. Often your mother’s or father’s place has slipped from the level of cleanliness it was when you were growing up. When we begin providing services, it is important to bring the home to a level that can be maintained on an ongoing schedule. Deep cleaning positions our Companion to maintain a neat and tidy home, while attending to other regular activities such as meal preparation, laundry and companionship.

If you have a hoarding situation, Care for You management staff would be happy to discuss it with you to map out options.