Hoarding and Squalor Services

Did you know that currently, Hoarding or Squalor affects up to 5% of the community.

Sadly in the community people can at times assume wrongly of residents suffering from Hoarding or Squalor not realizing that Hoarding in it self is a Diagnosed Disorder in the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Health.  As a community we need to work caringly to assist residents affected inn Hoarding or Squalor to which MDC Services does actively. Assisting residents affected by Hoarding or Squalor doesn’t happen overnight and this needs to be done in stages with the assistance of the resident working together with providers specialized in the Hoarding or Squalor sector. This is where MDC Services can help you or someone you know whom is affected by Hoarding or Squalor.

In short, everyone hoards. You may think “I don’t hoard” but have a look in your place and see how many of the same items you have. I for one am a Hat and after shave hoarder because I enjoy collecting these items and to date have at least 10 of each. Doesn’t sound like much, but it is a collection and some people collecting in larger volumes which may than lead to Hoarding or in case Squalor.

Definition
by Mayo Clinic Staff

Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.
Hoarding often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Some people also collect animals, keeping dozens or hundreds of pets in unsanitary conditions because they can’t care for them properly.
Hoarding ranges from mild to severe. In some cases, hoarding may not have much impact on your life, while in other cases it seriously affects your functioning on a daily basis.
People with hoarding disorder often don’t see it as a problem, making treatment challenging. But intensive treatment can help people with hoarding disorder understand their compulsions and live safer, more enjoyable lives.

Martijn van Lith (Founder and Director of MDC Services) has been working in the Hoarding and/or Squalor sector for over 8 years.  MDC Services helps residents through direct contact with MDC Services or through referrals from NGO’s (Non-Government Organizations), local Councils, Health Authorities, Family members and so forth.

Working in these environments to assist the resident with Hoarding or Squalor issues is not just as easy as putting everything in garbage bags and to dispose of. We need to remember that when we are assisting persons suffering with Hoarding and/or Squalor, items in the property are the resident’s possessions and collections so care is needed.

MDC Services spends the time with the client/resident to work out plans on how to assist in the residents property to get on top or the Hoarding and Squalor concerns and to work with the resident to bring the property back to a condition to enhance the quality of like and minimize and possible health risks that may be present.

Call MDC Services today to see how we can help and please take a look at the information provided in the links relating to Hoarding & Squalor. MDC Services hopes that this information will help and that we can help you too.

Help is there and you are not alone.

MDC Services are fee for service based.