Neglect and acts of omission

Neglect is abuse by omission. It can include ignoring medical, emotional or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, care and support or educational services. It can also involve withholding the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate nutrition and heating.

Warning signs of neglect can include:

  • dirty or unhygienic environment
  • poor personal hygiene or physical condition
  • pressure sores or ulcers
  • malnutrition or unexplained weight loss
  • untreated injuries and medical problems
  • inconsistent or reluctant contact with medical and social care
  • failure to engage in social interaction
  • inappropriate or inadequate clothing

More information

Please see our Policies and Procedures page to download our protocols on: 

  • medication error protocol
  • pressure ulcer/injury