Assistance for helping a hoarding mother move
My 70 year old mother currently lives alone in a two bedroom, two bath with a garage and a huge yard in San Leandro. She needs to move by the end of July and does not yet know where she is going. She is having a difficult time finding a place that matches her limited budget and allows her to live in a place where she feels safe. In addition to that, she has a hoarding problem that needs to be addressed as it is, and has been greatly negatively impacting her life. Admittedly, it has been easy to push off intervening while I raise my two young kids and she comes to my house but now that she needs to downsize or at best just move, the amount of "stuff" that she has to deal with is a great burden and is really exacerbating the problem of looking for housing. (And the flip side is that the anxiety of moving is not exactly calming her anxiety based hoarding issues!). My mother also happens to be a therapist so although in some senses, it has made her aware of the issue (she's tried different medications, therapies, etc. in the past) it also makes it quite difficult to discuss the issue with her. She wants me to help her get ready to move but I know from experience, this will not go well and will be a waste of time for both of us. Yes, it is time for us to confront the issue more seriously but now that she has found out she has to move very soon, I am looking for recommendations of anyone who has experience dealing with helping a hoarder prepare to move. I've seen a couple of companies advertised online but it's hard to tell if they'd be suitable since I haven't ever heard of any of them. If you have any experience with one, I am all ears! I need someone who is compassionate and understands the issues involved with hoarding but someone who will also help her part with a lot of her "stuff" in order to make moving manageable.
Any advice or recommendation is appreciated! Thanks!