What is self-neglect?
Self-neglect is any failure of an individual to take care of himself or herself that causes, or is reasonably likely to cause within a short period of time, serious physical, mental or emotional harm or substantial damage to or loss of assets.
Self-neglect can happen as a result of an individual's choice of lifestyle, or the person may
- be depressed,
- have poor health,
- have cognitive (memory or decision making) problems, or
- be physically unable to care for self.
- Living in grossly unsanitary conditions
- Suffering from an untreated illness, disease or injury
- Suffering from malnutrition to such an extent that, without an intervention, the adult's physical or mental health is likely to be severely impaired.
- Creating a hazardous situation that will likely cause serious physical harm to the adult or others or cause substantial damage to or loss of assets, and
- Suffering from an illness, disease or injury that results in the adult dealing with his or her assets in a manner that is likely to cause substantial damage to or loss of the assets.