Neglect includes failing to (intentionally or unintentionally) care for or meet the needs of people who are dependent and cannot meet their own needs. Neglect includes failing to provide:

  • adequate nutrition, clothing and other necessities;
  • adequate personal care (e.g. failing to turn a bedridden person frequently);
  • safe and comfortable conditions;
  • a clean environment;
  • sufficient space for personal privacy; and/or
  • transportation to necessary appointments and occasional outings. 

It may also include:

  • leaving incapacitated people alone too long;
  • failing to remain with those who need help; and/or
  • abandonment.