Neglect occurs when someone has the responsibility to provide care or assistance for you but does not.
Neglect includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Failing to meet the needs of a person who is unable to meet those needs alone;
- Abandonment in a public setting; and,
- Not remaining with a person who needs help.
Disregarding the necessities of daily living, including failing to provide adequate or necessary:
- Nutrition or fluids;
- Clean clothes and linens;
- Social companionship; and,
- Failing to turn a bed-ridden person frequently to prevent stiffness and bed-sores.
This would include:
- Ignoring special dietary requirements;
- Not providing needed medications;
- Not calling a physician; not reporting or taking action on a medical condition, injury or problem; and,
- Not being aware of the possible negative effects of medications.