Self neglect is when a person fails to take care of themselves. This can include lack of personal hygiene, health, or taking care of their surroundings (hoarding). 

See our self-neglect protocol and guidance for more information on how to identify self-neglect, how to report it, and how to get help. 

Warning signs of self neglect can include: 

  • very poor personal hygiene
  • Lack of essential food, clothing or shelter
  • malnutrition and/or dehydration
  • squalid or unsanitary living conditions
  • failure to keep up with household maintenance
  • hoarding - this can include items or animals, kept in inappropriate conditions
  • lack of cooperation with health or care services
  • inability or unwillingness to take medication or treat illness or injury