Severe Domestic Squalor
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- Brief Synopsis:
- Should you intervene in the life of the 48-year-old woman whose dwelling is stuffed with accumulated rubbish and who will not let anyone help get rid of it - or the 78-year-old surrounded by putrescent food and filth - or the 'animal accumulator'?
- Long Synopsis:
- Should you intervene in the life of the 48-year-old woman whose dwelling is stuffed with accumulated rubbish and who will not let anyone help get rid of it - or the 78-year-old surrounded by putrescent food and filth - or the 'animal accumulator'? Cases of severe domestic squalor (sometimes called Diogenes Syndrome) are among the most complex and difficult faced by community agencies. Local councils, housing officers, health professionals, social services, animal welfare agencies, public guardians and of course relatives and neighbours often feel powerless and lack confidence about what to do when faced with such situations. The guidelines, recommendations and case examples in Severe Domestic Squalor will help concerned people to understand what can be done and how, by providing an understanding of the causative factors and who should take the lead in dealing with them.
- Book Quality:
- Publisher Quality
- Cambridge University Press
- Date of Addition:
- Copyright Date:
- Copyrighted By:
- John Snowdon, Graeme Halliday and Sube Banerjee
- Adult content:
- English US
- Educational Materials, Nonfiction, Health, Mind and Body
- Submitted By:
- Bookshare Staff
Reviews of Severe Domestic Squalor (1 review)
Reviewer: LAURA MCWHORTER
Don't be fooled by the title, this is a serious scholarly review of a not-so-researched subject. Given my penchant for reality TV shows about hoarding, I was drawn right in. I learned that people who live in severe filth are a small subset of hoarders or not be one at all. They have no attachment to their rubbish and are unaware of their unsanitary conditions. There isn't a lot of research, assessment tools or comprehensive intervention plans involving all the needed community agencies. Sad. Most people have dementia, a physical medical condition or have a rigid personality with laziness. Glad to have read it but it's for the diehards.