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Self Neglect

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.