The failure, inability, or refusal to provide for an elder’s safety, physical, or emotional needs by an individual in a caregiving role.
Things you see that may suggest an elder is being neglected:
- Unclean clothing, poor hygiene, overgrown hair and nails, unusual weight loss, need for medical or dental care, untreated bedsores
- Withdrawal from normal activities, unexplained change in alertness, or other uncharacteristic behavior
- Caregiver appears to be indifferent, apathetic or hostile to elder
- Pressure ulcers, malnutrition, dehydration