Neglect

Neglect occurs when a person deliberately withholds, or fails to provide, suitable and adequate care and support needed by an older person

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Neglect

Neglect occurs when a person deliberately withholds, or fails to provide, suitable and adequate care and support needed by an older person. It may be through a lack of knowledge or awareness, or through a deliberate decision not to act when they know an older person in their care needs help. Neglect can negatively impact the health and well-being of an older person.

If it’s happening to you, a loved one or someone you know you can get help.

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Signs of neglect

  • Dirt, faecal or urine smell, or other health and safety hazards in older person’s living environment
  • Rashes, sores, or lice
  • Inadequate clothing
  • Dehydration or being malnourished
  • An untreated medical condition
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Evidence of the withholding of medication or over-medication o
  • Evidence of a lack of assistance with eating and drinking
  • There are unsanitary and unclean conditions

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Types of abuse

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