Hoarding Clean Up: Help For Hoarders and Their Families

Recently, our company was called out to do fire damage restoration services at a home in Philadelphia.

When we arrived, the fire department was just leaving, after having satisfied themselves that the building was no longer at risk for burning.
What we found inside was daunting.
Every room in this small home was filled with “stuff.” But, when I say filled, I mean from the floor to the ceiling in every room, including the bathroom.
There were piles and piles and stacks of stuff, discards from daily living.
Pizza boxes… soda bottles … opened cans of food… books … papers … magazines … and clothing.
All of this mixed in with pet toys, pet excrement, and pet odor.
There was so much “stuff” there was no place to walk except through narrow 18 inch pathways to and from each room.

We had been called out to the home of a hoarder.

So, we did what we do best. We assisted the homeowners with caring and compassion by providing expert hoarding clean up services.
We took the time to educate them about the process of the cleanup and the steps we were going to take to bring the property back to habitable conditions.
First we do a trash out.  Then, we do debris removal.  After that, we do a thorough heavy duty cleaning.  And finally, we deodorize, and sanitize.
And we did all of this while providing expert fire and smoke damage restoration services!
Unfortunately, our work is only the first step.
Rehabilitating the home by completely clearing the debris and cleaning, deodorizing, sanitizing and repairing the structure will only return it to use by the homeowner.

After the crisis of clean up, a new life can begin, but only if the residents will seek rehabilitation as well so that the hoarding problem doesn’t come home with them when they move back in.

Because hoarding has become such a problem in our region, and because of our commitment to being part of the solution for the problem of hoarding, PuroClean Emergency Recovery Services has listed organizations and treatment professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area who specialize in assisting hoarders and their families.

The Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force

For people under 60 years of age, call 215-751-1800.
For people 60 years of age and above, call 215-545-5728.

BB’s Clutter Solutions, LLC

Barbara Berman

Christine Molnar, PhD

Center for Mindful Exposure Therapy of Anxiety & Psychological Wellness
1800 Horace Ave
Ground Floor
Abington, PA 19001
Phone: (267) 287-8347
Email: Chris@molnarpsychology.com
Website: www.meta4stress.com

Amy Bollenbacher Young, Professional Counselor

112 Bala Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Phone: (610).667.6490
Email: abollenbacher@verizon.net

Brigette A. Erwin, PhD

Anxiety & Agoraphobia Treatment Center
112 Bala Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Phone: (610) 667-6490

Lori J. Kasmen, PsyD

Anxiety & Agoraphobia Treatment Center
112 Bala Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Phone: (610) 667-6490
Email: lkasmen@gmail.com

Jodi S. Rosenfeld, PsyD AATC

112 Bala Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19460
Phone: (610)667- 6490
Email: rosenfeldpsyd@comcast.net

Linda B. Welsh Ed.D. AATC

112 Bala Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19103
Phone: (610)667-6490
Email: lindawelsh@aol.com

Peter G. Aubuchon, PhD

One Bala Avenue – Suite 230
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Phone: (610) 667-6055

Shelley Milestone, PhD

30 Sanringham Road
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19064
Phone: (610) 664-6993
255 S. 17th Street #1907
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Email: smilestone@comcast.net

Steven Adelman, PhD

8302 Old York Road – Suite 2
Elkins Park, PA 19027 (Also an office in Philadelphia)
Phone: (215) 884-4557
Email: adelman25@aol.com

Edna B. Foa, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Martin E. Franklin, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Johanna H. Gorman, MD

45 Ridge Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Phone: (610) 933-7749
Fax: (610) 935-4947

Sally A. Allen, MS.Ed

Rosemont Counseling Associates
1062 Lancaster Avenue – Suite 9
Rosemont, PA 19010
Phone: (610) 525-1510
Fax: (610) 525-2586
Website: www.rosemontcounseling.com

Judith Kolman, PhD

Rosemont Counseling Associates
1062 Lancaster Avenue # 9
Rosemont, PA 19010
Phone: (610) 525-1510

Marilyn Barkan-Wood, M.Ed, LPC

BTI Graduate
990 Congress Street
Whitehall, PA 18052
Phone: (610) 821-8929

David A. Raush, PhD

215 East Laurel Rd., Suite 201
Stratford, NJ 08084
(856) 482-5860
Email: Daraush@aol.com

Perry H. Zand, MD, PC

620 N Broad Street – 2nd Floor
Woodbury, NJ 08096
Phone: (856) 662-1122
Fax: (856) 429-4212

Bucks County Office on Aging

30 E Oakland Avenue
Doylestown, PA 18901

Burlington County Office on Aging

795 Woodlane Road
PO Box 6000
Westhampton, NJ 08060

Camden County Division of Senior and
Disabled Citizen Services

700 Browning Road
Parkview on the Terrace, Suite 11
West Collingswood, NJ 08107

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging

Wallace Building
642 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130-3049
Helpline: 215-765-9040

Senior Care – Camden

1000 Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ 08104

Senior Care – Delran

8008 Route 130 North
Building B, Suite 300
Delran, NJ 08075

Senior Care – Center City Philadelphia

2115 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19103
215- 561-2733

Senior Care – North East Philadelphia

9475 E. Roosevelt Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pa 19114

Senior Helpers – Burlington

9 Garden Street, Suite 206
Mt Holly, NJ 08060
(609) 261-2995

Senior Helpers – Camden

70 Lacey road
Manchester, NJ 08759-2931
(732) 657-3600

Senior Helpers – Cherry Hill

1060 N. Kings Highway, Suite 100
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
(856) 216-1920

Senior Helpers – Philadelphia

737 West Chester Pike
Suite 5
Havertown, PA 19083

For expert help with compassionate hoarding clean up services in the Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region call 877-750-7876