What is Self-Neglect?
- The Care Act 2014 identifies Self Neglect as a safeguarding responsibility and defines self-neglect as covering a wide range of behaviours such as:
- Neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene
- Neglecting to care for one’s health
- Neglecting to care for one’s surroundings
- This could also include the refusal of services, treatment, assessments or intervention, which could potentially improve self-care or care of one’s environment. There are other less overt forms of self – neglect such as: eating disorders; misuse of substance; and alcohol abuse.
- Some cases of self-neglect may solely be due to disability or inability and therefore may not require further enquiries to be made, if an assessment and care and support plan would meet those needs
What is Hoarding?
- Hoarding is the excessive collection & retention of any material to the point that it impedes day to day functioning. This can include:
- Inanimate objects (commonly clothes, newspapers, books, DVDs, letters & food/packaging)
What symptoms and behaviours to look out for?
- Inability to throw things away
- Severe anxiety when attempting to discard items
- Indecision about where to put things or what to keep
- Distress, such as feeling overwhelmed or embarrassed about their possessions
- Suspicion of other people touching items
- Obsessive thoughts and actions: fear of running out of an item or of needing it for the future
- Functional impairments such as the loss of living space, becoming isolated from family and friends, financial difficulties, health hazards in the home
This week (17-21 May) we are supporting Hoarding Awareness Week, an initiative set up by the Chief Fire Officers Association in 2014.
You can find more information about hoarding and support for people who hoard at the following websites:
- Hoarding UK – Hoarding UK | Promoting Choice & Control since 2008
- Hoarding Disorder – Hoarding disorder – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
- Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service – Fire Service Warns of the danger of hoarding and fire risks – Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service (hantsfire.gov.uk)
- Southampton City Council Support for people who hoard – Support for people who hoard (southampton.gov.uk)
- Help for Hoarders – Help For Hoarders – Help for compulsive hoarders and their families
- Carers in Southampton – Support for people who hoard | Carers in Southampton
- HFRS Home Safety Visits – Safe and Well – Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service, Official website of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service (hantsfire.gov.uk)
- 4LSAB Self Neglect Policy and Resources – https://southamptonlsab.org.uk/policies-procedures-and-guidance/
What to do if you are concerned about someone:
- Telephone Adult Social Care Connect: 023 8083 3003
- Complete SCC online form: Spot the Signs of Abuse and Speak Out (southampton.gov.uk)
- Police: 101 or in an emergency 999