Self-neglect is a growing problem among seniors
Self-neglect among the elderly is a growing problem that commonly goes unreported, according to a new survey of eldercare experts. The survey which was conducted by the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) finds that self-neglect among seniors is the most common form of elderly abuse/neglect encountered by care managers, far outpacing encounters with physical or sexual abuse or neglect by others.
Self–neglect is a behavioral condition in which an individual neglects to attend to their basic needs, such as personal hygiene, appropriate clothing, feeding, or tending appropriately to any medical conditions they have.
Indicators of self-neglect:
- Very poor personal hygiene
- Unkempt appearance
- Lack of essential food, clothing or shelter
- Malnutrition and/or dehydration
- Living in squalid or unsanitary conditions
- Neglecting household maintenance
- Collecting a large number of animals in inappropriate conditions
- Non-compliance with health or care services
- Inability or unwillingness to take medication or treat illness or injury
What steps should I take if I suspect my loved one is self-neglecting?
If you notice signs of self-neglect in your loved one, you can reach Adult Protective Services (APS) by phone to make a report. The National Adult Protective Services Association website will provide you with contact information for your state. After getting the report, an APS worker will investigate via a face-to-face interview with your loved one. The interview will include an assessment to determine whether self-neglect is actually taking place. The APS worker will offer referrals to community-based resources such as home care services, and may also seek the help of various professionals such as doctors, paramedics, firefighters and law enforcement officers to develop a care plan to keep your loved one in a safe environment.
The Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Home Health Aides (HHAs) referred by Granny NANNIES are understanding and specialize in providing companionship, mobility assistance and transportation services that keep seniors safe and independent.
We carefully screen CNAs and HHAs for not only the essential legal requirements but also the kindness and compassion needed to care for others. Founded in 1990, Granny NANNIES offers services that can be personalized to meet the requirements of any individual, regardless of age or need. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we provide quality, trustworthy, reliable and affordable in-home care. For more information on how we can help you, call 800-316-2669. www.GrannyNANNIES.com