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Self-Neglect and Hoarding

Self-Neglect – What is it?

Self-neglect is the inability to maintain a reasonable standard of self-care. It can have serious consequences to a person’s health and can involve a person neglecting their diet, medication requirements, personal hygiene and keeping their home safe and clean.

Lambeth Safeguarding Adults Board created this 3 minute video about self-neglect:


Types of self-neglect include:

  • Lack of self-care to an extent that it threatens personal health and safety
  • Neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings
  • Inability to avoid self-harm
  • Failure to seek help, or access services to meet health and social care needs
  • Inability or unwillingness to manage one’s personal affairs.

Possible signs of self-neglect:

  • Very poor personal hygiene
  • Unkempt appearance – dirty, unpleasant smell, unwashed hair, dirty clothes
  • Lack of essential food, clothing or shelter
  • Malnutrition and/or dehydration
  • Living in squalid or unsanitary conditions
  • Neglecting household maintenance
  • Hoarding
  • Collecting a large number of animals in inappropriate conditions
  • Non-compliance with health or care services
  • Inability or unwillingness to take medication or treat illness or injury.

For advice and support:

If you have experienced self-neglect or you suspect that someone you know has experienced self-neglect, you can contact 01375 511 000 or Thurrock.First@thurrock.gov.uk

Hoarding – One minute guide – A two page summary of hoarding.

Worried about an adult? 01375 511000

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