This is the intentional or unintentional failure to provide for the needs of someone. Neglect can be active (intentional) or passive (unintentional) and has the effect of failing to provide older persons with basic necessities or care.
It can include, but is not limited to:
- failure to provide a safe, warm and comfortable place to live
- denial of social contacts and/or interaction
- failure to provide personal hygiene
- failure to provide proper food or clean clothing
- failure to provide aids for daily living, (hearing aids, walkers, canes, wheelchairs, etc.)
- failure to prevent physical harm
- abandonment or desertion
Self-neglect, while not technically considered abuse, is also a significant concern. It involves cases whereby, older adults, by choice or ignorance, live in ways that disregard their health or safety needs and can in some cases pose a hazard to others.