Survey Introduction

Thank you for your interest in the Treasured Lives project. 

What’s the research about?
Anglicare Tasmania’s Social Action and Research Centre (SARC) is undertaking this project to help us understand how to support older Tasmanians to stay living in their homes when they have challenges related to hoarding and/or maintaining a healthy home. 

Once the research is completed, the project will talk with government agencies about making changes that will improve the lives of these Tasmanians.
 
The lead researcher is Lindsey Fidler.

Can I take part?
Lindsey would love you to complete the survey if you live in Tasmania and work with older people who have challenges related to hoarding and/or maintaining a healthy home.

By an 'older person', we mean aged 50 plus, or aged 45 plus if they are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage.
 
What do you mean by 'challenges related to hoarding and maintaining a healthy home'?
When we say 'hoarding' we mean when someone is unable to resist acquiring items, and/or has challenges sorting or discarding things, even when this leads to cluttered living spaces. It may also lead to living spaces being unsafe and rooms that cannot be used for their intended purpose.
 
When we say 'challenges related to maintaining a healthy home' we mean when someone is living in an environment which has become unsanitary and may impact on their health and wellbeing. This could be because there is an accumulation of rubbish, or decomposing food, or excessive grime, dust and mould. This may lead to things like cooking, bathing and sleeping being difficult because of the condition of the home.

What would I need to do?
The survey asks about:
- the services you provide
- your experiences of supporting older Tasmanians living with challenges with hoarding and/or maintaining a healthy home
- what you think might happen for such people as they grow older
- what you need to effectively support them.
 
The survey is likely to take between 10 to 20 minutes to complete, depending on how much you want to say. All questions are optional except for part 1 of the survey, which is where you confirm that you are wiling to participate.
 
You can exit the survey at any time by pressing the Exit tab in the top right hand corner of each page. Once you have exited the survey, you will not be able to go back to change your responses.
 
By pressing Continue at the bottom of each page, you will save your responses. If you want to go back and change your responses, you can press the Previous button at the end of each page. Please do not use the web browser 'back' button. 

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