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About adult abuse & neglect

What is neglect?

Neglect is the failure to provide necessary care, assistance, guidance or attention that causes, or is reasonably likely to cause the person physical, mental or emotional harm or substantial damage to or loss of assets.

Some people have a legal or social responsibility to care for and support an adult who is unable to meet those needs himself or herself. "Neglect" occurs when the other person fails to live up to that responsibility. Neglect has two forms.

Neglect includes denying the person any of the things that are essential to life, such as food, water, medications, medical treatment, therapy, nursing services, therapeutic and equipment aids, clothing, visits from people important to the older person, and rights.  Justice Canada includes these as some examples of neglect. (3) Failing to provide:

It may also include:

If you recognize any of these indicators that are unexplained by the adult then you need to ACT! Report Abuse, Neglect and Self-Neglect.

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