As the baby boomer generation moves into the role of caretaking for their elderly parents, many find that they’re having trouble getting their parents to let go of years of accumulation in the home. Some have even discovered that the accumulation was much more than they thought it would be, and this is presenting a problem when it comes to cleaning out their homes. While some homes are naturally full of clutter, some have moved beyond that into hoarder status, and living conditions in the home may be dangerous. ServiceMaster DSI provides cleanup services for any home that has hoarding problems. How can you know if your parents are hoarding?
Areas of the home are uninhabitable. If the home has items stacked to the ceiling, pathways between rooms, or rooms that are full of items then you’re likely dealing with a hoarding situation. Your parent may also feel shame or embarrassment to let you see the home in that condition.
They can’t let things go. Objects that have no real value are often important to someone with a hoarding condition. They’ll often say they are saving things for “later” but don’t have any real sense of why or what they might be used for later. Suggesting that they get rid of the stuff will often cause them distress or will make them retreat deeper into hoarding.
The home is dangerous. Hoarding is closely linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder, and it makes the person who suffers from it exhibit panicked behaviors when they can’t control a situation. Unfortunately, they control their fears by packing their homes with items that may not only be cluttering up their home but they could also be unsanitary. Animals, pests, and rodents may be present as well as biohazardous waste from them.
If you need help with your aging parents or loved one’s home with hoarding cleanup in Boulder, CO, ServiceMaster DSI can help. No matter the conditions of the home, we can help customize a cleanup plan to restore the home to pre-loss condition. We can assist with cleaning and sanitation, recycling, donating, and hazardous waste removal services. Our services are discreet, and we handle all cases with sensitivity and care. Contact us at (720) 452-2842.