See also Neglect Any failure of an adult to take care of him/herself which causes, or is reasonably likely to cause within a short period of time, serious physical, mental or emotional harm or substantial damage to or loss of assets.
Self-neglect can happen as a result of an individual's choice of lifestyle, or the person may
- Be depressed;
- Have poor health;
- Have cognitive (memory or decision making) problems; or
- Be physically unable to care for him/herself.