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Neglect

– the failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, competent medical care, or protection for a vulnerable elder.

elder_afraidSigns of Neglect

  • Physical Neglect – disregard for the necessities of daily living
  • Medical Neglect – lack of care for existing medical conditions
  • Failure of caregiver to prevent dehydration, malnutrition, or bed sores
  • Inadequate access to medical services
  • Failure of caregiver to assist in personal hygiene
  • Unsanitary conditions (dirt, lice, soiled bedding, smell of urine / feces)
  • Chronic infection
  • Failure to protect the elder or elder to self-protect from health and safety hazards (observation of home setting)