The Care Act 2014 defines self-neglect as wide ranging & covering:
- Neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene
- Neglecting to care for one’s health
- Neglecting to care for one’s surroundings
- Hoarding* which can include:
- Inanimate objects (commonly clothes, newspapers, books, DVDs, letters & food/packaging)
*Excessive collection & retention of any material to the point that it impedes day to day functioning
This could also involve refusal of services, treatment, assessments or intervention, which could potentially improve self-care or care of one’s environment. There are other less overt forms of self – neglect such as: eating disorders; misuse of substance; and alcohol abuse. Self-neglect differs from other safeguarding concerns as there is no perpetrator of abuse, however, abuse cannot be ruled out as a purpose for becoming self-neglectful.