This year’s Adult Safeguarding Awareness Week is focusing on hoarding and self-neglect in Cornwall.
Cornwall Council is highlighting cases of severe hoarding and self-neglect where agencies have worked together to provide the necessary support.
“Compulsive hoarding, where people find themselves accumulating unmanageable amounts of clutter in their homes, is a very complex issue which can impact on the individual’s quality of life and, and pose a serious fire risk”
said Rob Cooper, Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Adults Board.
“This type of behaviour can lead to people feeling isolated and lonely which can sometimes result in them neglecting to look after themselves properly.
“We want to use this year’s Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week to highlight these issues and make people in Cornwall more aware of the signs of hoarding so they know what to do if a friend, neighbour or member of their family is at risk”.
Members of the Public concerned about an adult should call Social Services.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service provide a free Home Fire Safety Check with its main purpose of reducing risk in the home. This service can be accessed by contacting 0800 3581 999 or visiting www.cornwall.gov.uk/fire
As well as focusing on the issues of hoarding and self neglect, members of the Cornwall Council Safeguarding Adults Board will also be reinforcing the successful “If you see something, do something” campaign with posters at council buildings, hospitals, GP surgeries, libraries and one stop shops, schools and police stations.