Selfneglect.org is dedicated to educating the families and friends of those with self-neglect
Self-neglect is one of the most common problems investigated by Adult Protective Services
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Welcome to Selfneglect.org
Self-neglect is described when self-care activities and or the living environment of an individual is that are potentially harmful to the health, safety or well-being (National Adult Protective Services Association, n.d.). Most researchers agree on five findings or symptoms frequently seen in cases of self-neglect including squalor, social withdrawal, apathy, hoarding, and lack of shame (Pavlou & Lachs, 2006; Lee & LoGiudice, 2012). Also, abusing alcohol or illegal drugs, dementia, and depression are frequently accompany symptoms of self-neglect (National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, n.d.). However, researchers do not agree on exactly must be present to diagnose self-neglect. An expert must evaluate the individual to determine if self-neglect exists (Culo, 2011).
You can report suspected self-neglect by calling your local Adult Protective Services. You can remain anonymous.
Our mission is to educate the families and friends of individuals with self-neglect about the basics of self-neglect. Selfneglect.org is a free, educational, public service project that is available to anyone interested in self-neglect.
Our vision is to continue to provide evidence-based and unbiased information for the families and friends of individuals with self-neglect.
Our purpose is to provide unbiased, evidence-based information about self-neglect in order to educate the families and friends of individuals with self-neglect.
- You are not alone,
- Self-neglect requires intervention, and
- Treating self-neglect can improve the individual's life in most cases.
Culo, S. (2011). Risk assessment and intervention for vulnerable older adults. British Columbia Medical Journal, 53(8), 421-425.
Lee, S. M., & LoGiudice, D. (2012). Phenomenology of squalor, hoarding and self‐neglect: an Australian aged care perspective. Internal Medicine Journal, 42(1), 98-101.
National Adult Protective Services Association. (n.d.). Other safety concerns and self-neglect. Retrieved from http://www.napsa-now.org/get-informed/other-safety-concerns-2/
National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. (n.d.). Neglect and self-neglect. Retrieved from http://www.preventelderabuse.org/elderabuse/neglect.html
Pavlou, M. P., & Lachs, M. S. (2006). Could self‐neglect in older adults be a geriatric syndrome? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 54(5), 831-842.
Last updated: March 13, 2017 at 11:44 am by
I. M. Abumaria, AGPCNP-BC