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.
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A Decluttering Story
Two services users shared their decluttering journey with the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership- Read their story below:
Self-Neglect and Hoarding Resources
Below is a self-neglect and hoarding case study.