When one presents self neglect to adult protective services, rep states self neglect is too hard to prove, therefore it does not even get investigated or "looked into".
When you say "self neglect" what specific rule or law are you referring to? If this applies to adult protective services their rules must be in writing and something they can give you or you can look up on the internet. Once you have the rule in writing you can see how closely the facts and law line up. To make a stronger case try writing down the facts that support the definition of "self neglect" and present that to adult protective services.
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There is no such thing as self neglect. An individual who has capacity to make informed choices is entitled to live in a manner others might not like provided he isn't a danger to himself or others and isn't being abused or exploited. APS normally will step in to help a vulnerable adult who lacks capacity and needs help or who is being abused or exploited. Talk to an APS supervisor or elder law attorney.
Lawrence Friedman, Bridgewater, NJ. Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the ABA approved National Elder Law Foundation, former Chair NJ State Bar Association Elder and Disabilities Law Section, Member Board of Consultors of NJSBA Real Property, Trusts & Estates Law Section, Vice Chair Special Needs Law Section of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from N.Y.U. School of Law. Visit SpecialNeedsNJ.com for articles and Q&A on elder law, special needs, wills, trusts, estates, and tax. Visit SpecialNeedsNJ.com/blog and subscribe for free timely updates to be delivered to your inbox. Information on both Avvo and SpecialNeedsNJ.com does not constitute legal advice, as it is general in nature and may not apply to your situation or be subject to important changes. No attorney client relationship exists unless set forth in written engagement terms.