In Wisconsin, neglect is considered the failure of a caregiver, as evidenced by an act, omission, or course of conduct, to endeavor to secure or maintain adequate care, services, or supervision for an individual, including food, clothing, shelter, or physical or mental health care, and creating significant risk or danger to the individual’s physical or mental health.
If you or someone you know is showing any of the following signs or symptoms, they may be a victim of neglect:
- Obvious dehydration and/or malnutrition
- Worsening bedsores or poor personal hygiene
- Health concerns being untreated
- Hazardous or unsafe living conditions (such as no electricity, heat, running water)
- Dirt, fleas, soiled bedding, lack of proper clothing, or any other unsanitary living conditions
- A past instance of being mistreated or neglected in any way