This Full House

Due to funding constraints, Sage’s This Full House program is currently unable to accept referrals from agencies for assistance with their clients with Hoarding Disorder or behaviors. Presently, referrals to the program will only be accepted directly from seniors who are ready to address the issues that hoarding behaviors has created for them. The referral process for seniors is listed below. 

For information on how access onetime financial assistance for decluttering assistance through the Alberta Seniors Benefit Special Needs Financial Assistance program. 

What is the This Full House Program? 

"This Full House has helped me to de-clutter my dwelling, by providing me with motivation and assistance to get rid of surplus things." 

Some people save things to the point that they become overwhelmed. They collect so much stuff that they don't know where to start with cleaning out and clearing out. Sage's This Full House program provides support to individuals aged 55 and over who struggle with compulsive hoarding behaviour. 

Houses full of saved items may result in falls and injury, loss of friends, isolation and emotional distress. Sometimes there is a risk of mold, infestation, fire or eviction. This Full House addresses the impact on the person who is dealing with too much clutter. Everyone is different and This Full House provides support based on each person’s unique needs. 

Process of participation in This Full House:

1. Referral to the program: Until further notice, referrals to This Full House Program are only accepted directly from seniors wanting help to change their lives because of the hoarding behaviors they are experiencing.   

If you are a senior who wants to explore what that can mean for you, please call 587-773-1764 and leave a message with your name and phone number, our staff will return your call. 

2. Assessment: This Full House staff will assess the situation and identify safety issues. They will also provide other information and resources that you might find helpful.

3. Develop an Action Plan: You will work with the social worker to set goals, timelines, a starting place, and access other support that could help with the clutter (such as finances, help with the landlord if you are being evicted, find alternative housing if you have been evicted, etc.). Part of the action plan includes a vision of how you want to work and live in your home. You may want to reduce the amount of clutter you have or re-organize things for better access, mobility and safety. The goal is not to remove all your things but to help you make your home a safer and more useful living space. 

4. This Full House Lunch Group: You will be encouraged to participate in this monthly lunch group to meet with other seniors who are in the program and experiencing the same issues you are. This is a great opportunity to learn tips and strategies to keep your home organized and provide support to others in similar situations. Please call Colleen Derksen at 780-701-9005 if you would like more information or are interested in joining this monthly lunch group.

For more information on This Full House program, please call 587-773-1764. 

You may also be interested in our Resources page for articles and other resources.

Sage is proud to be a member of the Hoarding Coalition.

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