Malnutrition, weight loss, wasting and dehydration, constipation or fecal impaction.
Lack of mental, social or physical contact or stimulation
Decaying teeth or overgrown nails
Clothing may be in poor condition or inappropriate for the temperature
Consistent poor health, always has a cold
Pressure areas over the pelvis, hips, heels or elbows
Dirty, smelly, lice infested, urine rash etc.
Lacking aids such as glasses, dentures, hearing aids
Over sedated or Under sedated
Abandoned or unattended for long periods
Neglect is a form of mistreatment by individuals resulting from inadequate attention, especially through carelessness or disregard for the needs of others. If you witness a life-threatening situation involving a senior or adult with disabilities, dial 911.
Physical neglect: includes failing to attend to a person’s medical, hygienic, nutrition and dietary needs, such as dispensing medications, changing bandages, bathing, grooming, dressing, or failure to provide ample food to maintain health.
Emotional neglect: includes causing emotional pain, distress or anguish by ignoring, belittling or infantilizing the needs of adults. This includes neglecting or discounting the emotional well-being of others, as well as actions to isolate adults from visits or contact by family and friends.
Abandonment: involves deserting the care giving needs of an individual while neglecting to arrange sufficient care and support for the duration of the absence.
Financial neglect: involves disregarding a person’s financial obligations such as failing to pay rent or mortgage, medical insurance or invoices, utility and garbage bills, property taxes and assessments.
Self-neglect: involves seniors or adults with disabilities who fail to meet their own essential physical, psychological or social needs, which threatens their health, safety and well-being. This includes failure to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter and health care for one’s own needs.
If you witness a life-threatening situation involving a senior or adult with disabilities, dial 911.
Sudden inability to meet essential physical, psychological or social needs which threatens health, safety or well-being
Disappearing from contact with neighbors, friends or family
Appearing hungry, malnourished, or with a sudden weight loss
Appearing disoriented or confused
Suddenly appearing disheveled or wearing soiled clothing
Failing by caregiver(s) to arrive as scheduled — or disappearing without notice
Expressing feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness or insignificance
Failing to take prescribed medications or nutritional supplements
Blaming self for problems arising with family or caregivers
Living in squalor or hazardous situations such as hoarding or cluttering
When there is suspicion that an elder is being neglected by a caretaker or family member, there are various signs that loved ones should look out for.
Signs of neglecting an elder include:
Lack of basic hygiene or clothing for the elderly person that is appropriate for the weather
Lack of adequate food for the elderly person
Missing medial aids, such as walkers, dentures, eyeglasses, medications, or hearing aids
Being left in bed for an extended time without supervision or care
The home or living area is cluttered or dirty, with appliances that are broken or covered in dust
The living area is lacking in the necessary amenities, such as a refrigerator, stove, plumbing, cooling, and heating, or electricity
The elderly person may have severe pressure ulcers or bed sores
Unusual weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration
Untreated physical problems, such as bed sores
Unsanitary living conditions: dirt, bugs, soiled bedding and clothes
Being left dirty or unbathed
Unsuitable clothing or covering for the weather
Unsafe living conditions (no heat or running water; faulty electrical wiring, other fire hazards)
Desertion of the elder at a public place