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Ensuring Privacy When Dealing with Hoarding Issues

by Vickie Dellaquila, Downsizing & Hoarding Expert
November 08, 2018

Question: How is privacy ensured if my mother seeks help for hoarding?

Answer: Privacy for your mother is very important of course. Make sure you’re working with a professional who has code of ethics that they abide to and have a confidentiality agreement. Most professionals also belong to accredited national organizations. Organizations like ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization), NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers), and hoarding removal companies. Education and training to work with people with hoarding tendencies is usually a good sign that they are a professional. Most professionals will ensure you that confidentiality is very important when working with clients.

Vickie Dellaquila is western Pennsylvania’s only Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and owner of Organization Rules® Inc. Organization Rules provides compassionate organizing services for every stage of your life®. She is the author of Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move.

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