Neglect and Acts of Omission

Whilst neglect can be caused inadvertently through lack of understanding, information or education it is just as likely to be caused through indifference and malice.

Neglect and acts of omission include:

  • ignoring medical, emotional or physical care needs

  • failure to provide access to appropriate health, care and support or educational services,

  • the withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate nutrition and heating

Potential indicators of neglect and acts of omission

The following list may be indications of many different problems, however it is important to recognise that an individuals personal circumstances or choices could be a factor, rather than external agents:

  • poor environmental conditions
  • inadequate heating and lighting
  • poor physical condition of the vulnerable adult
  • clothing is ill-fitting, unclean and in poor condition
  • malnutrition
  • failure to give prescribed medication properly
  • failure to provide appropriate privacy and dignity
  • inconsistent or reluctant contact with health and social care agencies
  • isolation - denying access to callers or visitors.
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