Helping a Loved One
Have you noticed a sudden change in one of your loved ones over 60? Such as recent untidiness? Unwashed clothes? Poor hygiene? Do they seem to be confused or making unsafe decisions? They may be self-neglecting.
Age Well is the designated agency in Northwestern Vermont to receive referrals for self-neglect.
To make a referral, call the Helpline at Age Well: 1-800-642-5119.
What is Self-Neglect & Self-Determination?
The following definitions are from the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living (DAIL) Self-Neglect Task Force.
Possible Causes of Self-Neglect
What happens after a referral?
- Symptoms of self-neglect can be serious, so referrals for suspected self-neglect are prioritized and assigned within one business day. Typically, self-neglect referrals are assigned to a Specialized Care and Service Coordinator, who will attempt to contact the individual right away to schedule a visit.
- The Care and Service Coordinator will continue working with the client as long as the client continues to engage and there are unresolved goals or self-neglecting behaviors. The self-neglect assessment is completed at regular intervals, no less than annually.
Warning Signs of Self-Neglect
Self-neglect does not refer to someone who makes these lifestyle decisions and is able to understand the consequences of their actions. Rather, an individual who is unable to meet their basic needs because of physical or cognitive impairment.
Help a Loved One
If you think a friend, loved one, or patient may be self-neglecting, call the Helpline at 1-800-642-5119 to make a referral. Age Well’s Specialized Care & Service Coordinators will make contact with the individual within two business days (unless determined that the situation requires a faster response).