Hoarding is a complex issue caused by mental illness. To effectively clean a hoarding household in Overland Park, KS and properly manage the project, you’ll need the help of the hoarding cleanup professionals at ServiceMaster DSI. Our professionals are highly trained and carry out every aspect of the cleanup project with the compassion it deserves. We regularly work with a hoarder’s support network, including social workers, case managers, or professional organizers.
But how do we do it? Let’s look at some of the advantages our hoarding cleanup professionals bring to your cleanup project.
Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
We understand that there can be hidden dangers in a hoarding household. Anything from animal waste and pests to mold and spoiled food. To protect ourselves during hoarding cleanup, we use high-grade personal protective equipment (PPE). This allows us to perform the necessary cleanup without having to worry about exposure to hazardous elements.
Balancing Compassion and Effectiveness
Hoarding disorder is a type of anxiety disorder and hoarding cleanup can cause a significant spike in that anxiety. That’s why it’s important to perform cleanup in a way that it doesn’t hurt the sentiments of the hoarder, but is still effective. Our experienced cleanup professionals understand this and are able to develop a cleanup plan that balances compassion and effectiveness.
For example, we may begin cleanup work in smaller locations in the house like bathrooms and linen closets before moving onto larger sections.
This helps the hoarder become accustomed to the process and build their confidence, before removing larger items that would otherwise be a shock.
Hoarding cleanup is more than just throwing things in the dumpster. Oftentimes, we find items in the home that aren’t safe to just throw away. To prevent these items from causing harm to others, we are trained on the identification and proper disposal of different hazardous materials.
Conscientious of the Hoarder’s Feelings
As we mentioned before, hoarding cleanup can cause a spike in a hoarder’s anxiety. We understand that the hoarder’s comfort is important and that they need to be in control of the cleanup. To help the hoarder feel comfortable, we build a relationship and trust. We help them develop an action plan, so we are all acting as a team. This ensures the hoarding cleanup is carried out properly.
If anyone in your family is struggling with hoarding disorder, contact the compassionate professionals at ServiceMaster DSI. For immediate assistance in Overland Park, KS, contact us at (816) 527-9412.