making Positive Change

Where to from here?

The level of support required is dependent on each situation and is a very personal choice. It is important that people know what their choices are.

Generally there are 2 options when seeking to make positive change:

  1. Accessing professional support - a support package of service providers is created through discussion and consultation with the individual. This may be 1 or 2 services (GP and/or Health services) or may be multiple services (GP, referrals to support agencies, cleaning services, mental health etc). It is important to understand how agencies can work together to provide a package of services
    • Due to how some agencies are funded there may be certain eligibility requirements (such as age, cultural background, physical health). The services listed in the Directory highlight eligibility criteria to assist with identifying which services to contact.
  2. Self support - using the resources on this website is a good starting point to identify the reasons why you are displaying hoarding and/or squalor behaviours.  Take the time to read about hoarding and/or squalor and reflect if anything resonates. Self Support encourages people to coordinate their own services i.e. cleaning services/rubbish removal, psychologists etc

Finding Your Way Flowchart (with thanks to Domiciliary Care)

It can often feel there is no help available when beginning to first identify and address instances of Hoarding and/or Squalor environments. This flowchart is designed to assist the individual or can be used as a support tool during consultation to help identify a starting point and a way to move forward.

Accessing professional support provides a coordinated approach to helping people make sustained positive change. There are many positives to engaging with a support worker including: utilising their experience of working with people living with hoarding and/or squalor; accessing additional services that are referral only and supporting you through the overwhelming times. It will take time to begin to trust somebody, but this is normal.

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You may decide now is the time to start taking some steps to make change to your home environment. This can be a scary and unknown road ahead, but no matter how big or small these steps are, be assured you are making positive change.

It may not feel the right time to ask for people to come into your home, but you know that you need some specialist or professional intervention. 

Hoarding - self help manual (Courtesy of Centacare and ACEDA)

Watching somebody you care for display hoarding and/or squalor behaviours can be a confronting and frustrating experience.  It is normal to have a spectrum of emotions about how you feel.

It is important to demonstrate a supportive and non-judgmental approach. Negatively communicating how you're feeling to an already traumatized person can possibly be a trigger to increase their hoarding and/or squalor behaviours. 

Supporting somebody who hoards brochure (Courtesy of Centacare)

Enhancing Motivation brochure (Courtesy of Centacare)

An initial assessment of the setting and individual's personal circumstances provides a starting point and helps identify what needs to be addressed; prioritise change and form the basis of a case plan.

Best practice states that using Assessment Tools provides a non-biased perspective of current issues and identifies areas to be worked on. 

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Intensive Tenancy Support (ITS)

Intensive Tenancy Support services offer supports to people at risk of homelessness to maintain appropriate housing. Risk of homelessness can be due to property condition; Intensive Tenancy Support can assist people to develop the stability needed to experience security and well being in their lives.

Intensive Tenancy Support services take an early intervention approach meaning they work with people before they become homeless. As all Intensive Tenancy Support services are voluntary, this means the person must be willing to engage with the service and demonstrate proactive changes during the support period. 

As with other services, a waitlist applies therefore there is no guarantee of immediate service. 

There are 5 Intensive Tenancy Support services based in metro Adelaide - click for more information