Ever since your elderly father passed-away mom just hasn’t been the same. She looks frail, her hygiene isn’t the best, and mom’s not taking her medications as prescribed. It’s gotten to point that you’re worried about her health and wellbeing. One of the most common types of elder abuse that geriatric care managers see is self-neglect. But senior neglect can also be committed by caregivers- including one’s own family members. Protecting your aging loved one starts with recognizing the telltale signs of senior neglect.  

What is Senior Neglect?

Self-neglect typically occurs when a senior is unable to meet their own needs due to grief, dementia, depression or another reason. Sadly, many seniors refuse to seek assistance because they are in denial, feel ashamed or are worried about losing their independence.

Elder neglect is the failure of a paid or unpaid caregiver to fulfill their obligation. This form of senior neglect is either intentional or unintentional, and is usually attributed to factors like withholding services or ignorance about how much care the recipient needs. When an informal caregiver is involved senior neglect oftentimes results from caregiver stress.

These are some examples of caregiver neglect:

  • Denial of food and water
  • Mismanaging medications
  • Failing to provide clean bedding or clothing
  • Confinement
  • Leaving someone with dementia unsupervised
  • Failing to perform personal hygiene duties

What to Look for 

In many cases the neglect takes place right where the senior lives. If it’s at home, the neglect usually comes at the hands of an adult child, spouse, partner or grandchild. But senior neglect can also be self-induced or happen within an institutional setting like a long-term care facility.

For whatever reason, these are some