Self-neglect is the lack of self-care; lack of care for one's environment; and/or the refusal of services, to an extent that it threatens personal health and safety.
Self Neglect Framework for multi-agency partners
The LSAB has produced a Self-Neglect Framework which provides process guidance for multi-agency partners.
The framework aims to support practitioners in taking the most appropraite action and response when concerns of Self-Neglect have been identified. The framework is supported by Hoarding Guidance which is published as an appendix.
Types of Self-Neglect:
- Lack of self-care
- Neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings
- Inability to avoid self-harm
- Failure to seek help or access services to meet health and social care needs
- Inability or unwillingness to manage one’s personal affairs
Possible signs to look out for:
- Very poor personal hygiene
- Unkempt appearance
- Lack of essential food, clothing or shelter
- Malnutrition and/or dehydration
- Living in squalid or unsanitary conditions
- Neglecting household maintenance
- Collecting a large number of animals in inappropriate conditions
- Non-compliance with health or care services
- Inability or unwillingness to take medication or treat illness or injury