Renfrewshire Council


Neglect can have a serious and damaging effect on a person and it shouldn't be underestimated.

If you think someone is being neglected, call 0300 300 1199 now.

Neglect is harmful but not all neglect is deliberate. It sometimes happens because a carer can't cope or is not getting enough help.

Neglect can often be detected by looking at a person's physical, social or health circumstances.

Signs that someone is being neglected include:

  • Dirt, or a smell of urine or faeces
  • Rashes, sores, or lice on the person
  • Not enough clothing
  • The person is malnourished or dehydrated
  • The person has a medical condition that isn't being treated
  • The person isn't being washed or shaved and possibly smells
  • There is evidence that the person isn't being given medicine they need or they are being given too much
  • There is evidence that not enough help is being given with eating and drinking
  • The place where the person is living is dirty and possibly unhealthy

Sometimes a person may choose to live in a way that may look like they are neglecting themselves. There is a difference between choosing a way to live and neglect.

This is one area where it can be challenging to support or protect adults at risk of harm if they are capable of making a deliberate decision to live in a certain way but that other people might think is harmful. This doesn't mean you shouldn't pass on your concerns. It is still important.

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