How to Report Harmful Hoarding Conditions
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How to Report Harmful Hoarding Conditions

How to report harmful living conditions to avoid someone you love being injured or possibly worse.

  1. First have a sympathetic conversation with your loved one emphasizing the importance of addressing the dangers associated with living under the current conditions. 

  2. Coordinate a family meeting with the loved one in hopes of expressing genuine concern and support for the situation.

  3. If the meeting becomes hostile and ineffective then reach out to the appropriate agency located in the town where the hoarding is currently occurring for assistance.

  4. Request to speak with the appropriate party or department that handles hoarding related issues. Every town or city is different so don’t get discouraged if you find yourself getting bounced around a bit before finally locating the correct person. Upon locating the appropriate party, calmly and professionally disclose the circumstance, but try not to sound overly anxious as it may create unnecessary attention.

  5. When discussing the issue try not to immediately disclose the exact address where the hoarding is occurring, until your absolutely sure you’ve adequately gauged the professionalism or depth of compassion of the person you’re speaking with. Keep in mind once the process begins there is no turning back!

  6. If after your initial conversation with the person you feel the person is compassionate and willing to be helpful. File the anonymous complaint to get the ball rolling.

  7. Emergency intervention: If the hoarding is a life or death matter. We strongly suggest immediately notifying the police department and requesting a health and wellness check. Once the police arrive at the residence they’ll peak inside the residence. If they notice any immediate life threatening dangers such as structural concerns, fire hazards, harmful trip hazards, the police officer will notify the appropriate agency. 

  8. If the police officer notices immediate dangerous conditions, your loved one can be temporarily removed from the property to ensure their safety. The property will also be temporarily condemned until the inspection service or health department signs off that the issues have been rectified according to compliance issues.

  9. LifeCycle Transitions strongly urges working with the loved ones prior to informing the officials of the hoarding to avoid shaming or potentially embarrassing them, as such negative experiences can be incredibly delicate which can backfire and create deeply rooted resentment.

  10. To schedule an intervention to avoid this dramatic experience altogether and preserve the integrity and dignity of your loved one contact LifeCycle Transitions at 1-877-273-7810 to schedule an Assessment Evaluation!

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