If you have concerns about someone who you believe to be at risk of self-neglect please look at the following information.
What is self-neglect?
Social Care Institute for Excellence provide this definition of self-neglect:
'Self-neglect is the result of an adult’s inability, due to physical and/or mental impairments or diminished capacity, to perform essential self-care tasks including providing essential food, clothing, shelter and medical care; obtaining goods and services necessary to maintain physical health, mental health, emotional well-being and general safety and/or managing financial affairs.'
How do I help someone who is going through self-neglect?
If you have concerns about someone who you believe to be at risk of self-neglect, please contact the Access Team to make a referral. You can do this by using the self help tool or by calling 0300 1234 131.
Types of self-neglect:
- Lack of self-care to an extent that it threatens personal health and safety
- Neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings
- Inability to avoid self-harm
- Failure to seek help or access services to meet health and social care needs
- Inability or unwillingness to manage one’s personal affairs
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
A hoarding disorder is where someone acquires an excessive number of items and stores them in a chaotic manner. The items can be of little or no monetary value and usually result in unmanageable amounts of clutter.
It's considered to be a significant problem if:
- the amount of clutter interferes with everyday living – for example, the person is unable to use their kitchen or bathroom and cannot access rooms
- the clutter is causing significant distress or negatively affecting the person's quality of life or their family's – for example, they become upset if someone tries to clear the clutter and their relationships with others suffer
Help for Hoarders are a charity offering support to those affected by hoarding.
For more information regarding Hoarding, please visit the NHS website.