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Neglect and acts of omission include ignoring medical, emotional or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, care and support or educational services, the withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate nutrition and heating.

Indicators of neglect include:

  • Physical condition of person is poor e.g. bed sores, unwashed, ulcers, personal hygiene
  • Clothing in poor condition e.g. unclean, wet, ragged
  • Inadequate physical environment, inadequate protection from sun, inadequate heating
  • Malnutrition, dehydration, inadequate diet
  • Untreated injures or medical problems
  • Inconsistent or reluctant contact with health or social care agencies
  • Failure to engage in social interaction / give prescribed medication


Self Neglect

Self Neglect covers a wide range of behaviour neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings and includes behaviour such as hoarding.

Indicators of self neglect include

  • Living in a very unclean environment e.g. rodent infested or blocked toilet
  • Neglecting household maintenance
  • Having eccentric behaviour or lifestyles such as obsessive hoarding
  • Poor diet and nutrition, little or no fresh food in fridge, mouldy or out of date food
  • Refusing necessary help from health or social care staff in relation to personal hygiene and care
  • Having poor personal hygiene, poor health, sores or long toe nails

If you are concerned about an adult at risk of abuse call Access Point, the contact centre for Adult Social Care, on 01273 295555. In an emergency call 999