What is elder self-neglect?
According to the Senior Connection Center, elder self-neglect accounts for the majority of reports made to Adult Protective Services in Florida. It occurs when a vulnerable individual fails to take the steps necessary to prevent themselves from succumbing to physical harm, emotional harm, or other pain, leading to deterioration in their living situation, personal care, or health. Some warning signs of elder self-neglect include:
-Poor personal hygiene
-Refusal to take medications
-Malnutrition or dehydration
-Unattended wounds or sores
-Excessive amounts of unpaid bills, bounced checks, or unanswered letters
It is the responsibility of every Florida citizen to report elder abuse, including self-neglect. If you suspect a senior citizen is the victim of elder self-neglect, you can call the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873.