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Remains of hoarder found dead in her home 'buried under clutter'

The remains of a missing 87-year-old woman have been found buried under clutter in her home, as neighbours say they hadn’t seen her for four years. Gaynor Jones was found dead in her cottage in Aberaeron, West Wales, which she shared with her daughter, after neighbours raised the alarm.

Click here to read more: Remains of hoarder found dead in her home 'buried under clutter' as neighbours say they had not seen her for four years (The Telegraph)

Also see: Woman lived with mother’s dead body for years (The Independent) 

Working with a person who self-neglects and/or hoards is often challenging work. To help support practitioners and partner agencies, NSAB has published a Self-neglect and Hoarding strategy.

# PLEASE NOTE # - following a pilot of the High Risk Panels (HRP) between November 2016 and end of September 2017, they were found not to be effective and therefore have been stood down. The strategy is currently under review and the aim is to develop a new approach linked to the Early Help Hubs. It is hoped to launch version 2.0 of the strategy in late spring 2018. In the meantime the tools listed below are still good for practitioners to use.

The strategy provides tools to support practitioners, including:

  • The Clutter Image Rating Scale (CIRT)
  • Assessment Tool Guidelines
  • Guidance for practitioners

Click here for the Self-neglect and hoarding strategy