Self-Neglect Signs

What is self-neglect and what are the signs?
Tragically, sometimes elders neglect their own care, which can lead to illness or injury. Self-neglect can include behaviors such as:
  • Confusion
  • Dehydration
  • Failure to take essential medications or refusal to seek medical treatment for serious illness
  • Hoarding
  • Inability to attend to housekeeping
  • Leaving a burning stove unattended
  • Not wearing suitable clothing for the weather
  • Poor hygiene
Other Problems
Sefl-neglect accounts for the majority of cases reported to adult protective services. Oftentimes, the problem is paired with:
  • Alzheimer's disease or dementia
  • Declining health
  • Drug and alcohol dependency
  • Isolation