How to Help the Elderly Living in Squalor Conditions?

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Elderly Senile Squalor Cleaning

Most people dream of spending their retirement years happy, healthy and comfortably. Many refer to this time as the “Golden Years” of their lives. However, there are some who are not fortunate enough to enjoy the latter years of life because of a condition becoming more and more prominent in communities across America, “senile squalor syndrome”.

Senile Squalor Syndrome, also known as Diogenes Syndrome, is a condition of severe self-neglect, social withdrawal, self-loathing or destructive indifference, compulsive hoarding and domestic squalor. For the seniors who suffer from this syndrome, shame is irrelevant. Those who have Senile Squalor Syndrome often live surrounded by garbage, human/pet waste, and filth, exposing themselves and those who live with them to health hazards. In order to put Senile Squalor Syndrome sufferers on the path to recovery follow the steps below!

Steps for Helping an Elderly Person Living with Senile Squalor Syndrome:

  1. Step One: The first step is realizing that with Senile Squalor Syndrome the individual almost never asks for help on their own. It is up to family and neighbors to realize that there is an issue so that they can contact social workers, emergency personnel, and the sanitation team to help!
  2. Step Two: The second step in helping someone suffering from Senile Squalor Syndrome is to stage the house for sanitation by removing trash and identifying want needs to be cleaned in order to be safely used. Contacting a sanitation cleaning specialist like Address Our Mess is the best way to professionally clean and sanitize a home.
  3. Step Three: The third step is sanitization, a deeper cleaning is needed for the soiled clothing, furniture, and carpeting that is meant to be brought back to a safe usable condition for the senile squalor syndrome sufferer. Address Our Mess’ technicians are certified by the IICRC, utilize top of the line protective gear, and carry top tier insurance to ensure the cleaning and sanitization project is done quickly, safely, and legally.

Cleaning up after an individual with senile squalor syndrome can be daunting. However, it is essential to do it the proper way in order to give these seniors another opportunity for an independent life. In order for the cleanup effort to be successful in the long-term the loved ones helping the individual with senile squalor syndrome are urged to seek mental and/or medical treatment for the individaul(s) with Senile Squalor Syndrome. Mental health treatment will increase the chances of experiencing those mythical “Golden Years” after all.

Call 410-589-2747 for more information or email We are here to help!

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 14:30 by Kenneth Donnelly