Supporting recovery from hoarding and squalor: Insights from a community case study

T. Raeburn, P. Escott, M. Cleary

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People with hoarding behaviours acquire a large number of possessions that are often of limited or no monetary value and which they are unable or unwilling to discard. Such behaviours can substantially impair a person's ability to attend to their normal daily activities, cause substantial distress, and lead to squalid living conditions. Living in squalor can compromise a person's health and safety; be a public health issue; and present substantial challenges to family, carers, social service agencies, and clinical mental health services. Hoarding and squalor behaviours are more common amongst people with co-morbid organic and mental illness, such as developmental delay, schizophrenia, alcohol dependence and/or obsessive compulsive disorder. This paper provides a narrative that explores the role of one Australian mental health Nurse Practitioner in the recovery of a person with hoarding behaviours.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)634-639
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015


  • Hoarding
  • Mental health
  • Mental illiness
  • Recovery
  • Squalor

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