Self-neglect when an individual fails to maintain a base level of care for themselves, or is reasonably likely to cause serious physical, mental or emotional harm or substantial damage to or loss of assets through a lack of care.
Self-neglect can happen as a result of an individual's choice of lifestyle, or the person may:
- experience mental health issues
- have poor health
- have cognitive (memory or decision making) problems, or
- be physically unable to care for self.
- Living in grossly unsanitary conditions
- Suffering from an untreated illness, disease or injury
- Suffering from malnutrition to such an extent that, without an intervention, the adult's physical or mental health is likely to be severely impaired.
- Creating a hazardous situation that will likely cause serious physical harm to the adult or others or cause substantial damage to or loss of assets, and
- Suffering from an illness, disease or injury that results in the adult dealing with his or her assets in a manner that is likely to cause substantial damage to or loss of the assets.