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Neglect and acts of omission

Neglect and acts of omission include:

  • ignoring medical, emotional or physical care needs

  • failure to provide access to appropriate health, care and support or educational services,

  • the withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate nutrition and heating

Potential indicators of neglect and acts of omission

It is important not to jump to conclusions too quickly but the following list may be indications of many different problems:


  • poor environmental conditions
  • inadequate heating and lighting
  • poor physical condition of the vulnerable adult
  • clothing is ill-fitting, unclean and in poor condition
  • malnutrition
  • failure to give prescribed medication properly
  • failure to provide appropriate privacy and dignity
  • inconsistent or reluctant contact with health and social care agencies
  • isolation - denying access to callers or visitors.


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