By: Becky Bower
Hoarding is a serious mental disorder, and when your resident starts showing signs, it can be equally as hard to be understanding while keeping your resident and the rest of your local community safe. When we initially think of the mental condition, the first thing that pops into mind is the binge-worthy TV show, Hoarding: Buried Alive, where the homes of severe hoarders are sensationalized. However, not all hoarding situations are that extreme. While having a hoarder as a resident is difficult no matter how severe the case, it’s not impossible to come to somewhat equal terms.
Mike and Gera T. had a mild hoarding situation which was resolved through patience but persistence. They had been renting their duplex out to an elderly couple for 7-8 years, but Mike had noticed that as the husband had gotten into his 90’s, he had started picking up bulky items off the street and at yard sales and had shoved them into his side yard. As time went by, his collection had started overflowing into the front yard. Continue reading