Self-Neglect & Hoarding

The Care Act Guidance states that self-neglect covers a wide range of behaviour; neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings and includes behaviour such as hoarding.

Self-neglect involves physical, mental, social, personal and environmental factors negatively affecting a person's well-being.

Hoarding is considered a  mental disorder and distinct from the act of collecting as, it's not a lifestyle choice.

Below are resources to help professionals to identify and respond appropriately in relation to Self-Neglect and Hoarding and the form for making a referral.

Copies of this postcard are available  in hard copy, please email quantity required and address to:

A Decluttering Story

Two services users shared their decluttering journey with the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership- Read their story below: 

Melissa & George- A Decluttering Story



Self-Neglect and Hoarding Resources


Below is a self-neglect and hoarding case study.