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Hoarding Resources 

Hoarding is defined as the collection of items in excess of what is needed in a typical household that interferes with the flow and functionality of a home. Just like any other illness, hoarders need mental health and support in order to cleanup and maintain their living space. Some hoarding includes animals. In 2015 Illinois made it illegal for seniors to hoard and is calling hoarding “self-neglect” which is a form of elder abuse. It’s called the "AGING(320 ILCS 20/) Adult Protective Services Act."

(i-5) "Self-neglect" means a condition that is the result of an eligible adult's inability, due to physical or mental impairments, or both, or a diminished capacity, to perform essential self-care tasks that substantially threaten his or her own health, including: providing essential food, clothing, shelter, and health care; and obtaining goods and services necessary to maintain physical health, mental health, emotional well-being, and general safety. The term includes compulsive hoarding, which is characterized by the acquisition and retention of large quantities of items and materials that produce an extensively cluttered living space, which significantly impairs the performance of essential self-care tasks or otherwise substantially threatens life or safety.

Should you know anyone who needs help with their hoarding issues please contact:

Animal Hoarding Resources
Decluttering Organizations 
These organizations will help declutter the home, hire & manage waste haulers, and salvage valuables if possible 

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