Self-neglect is when a person does not look after themselves fully. This may be a choice they make, or because they are ill or unable. It can also be a sign that something else is going wrong in their life.
If the self-neglect makes the person unwell, or is impacting on the health and wellbeing of others, it is important to get help.
Some adults may be more at risk of self-neglect. Those at greater risk include the elderly, people with physical or sensory impairments, people with learning disabilities, people living with severe illnesses, dementia or confusion, or people living with mental ill health.
Signs could include:
In the home:
About the person:
Keeping Adults Safe has produced a useful leaflet that provides information around self-neglect and what to look out for.