Passive And Active Neglect And Passive Neglect Essay

1134 Words Oct 27th, 2016 5 Pages
Indeed, sometimes couples can become aggressive towards each other at times, especially during disagreements. The four generic types of abuse include passive neglect, verbal or emotional, active neglect, and physical abuse. Passive abuse is when one leaves a person isolated by themselves, isolated and neglected. This is also considered the least serious type of abuse. On the other hand, active neglect involves force confinement, isolation, withholding food, and medication. Both passive and active neglect occurs because “the caregiver fails to meet the physical, social, and/or emotional needs of the older person” (Woolf 1998, 1). The difference between active and passive neglect lies in the intent of the caregiver. With active neglect, “the caregiver intentionally fails to meet his/her obligations towards the older person” (Woolf 1998, 1). While with passive neglect, “the failure is unintentional; often the result of caregiver overload or lack of information concerning appropriate caregiving strategies” (Woolf 1998, 1). In terms of the elderly, both passive and active neglect occurs due to failure and the abuse is unintentional. Often the result of caregiver overload or lack of information concerning appropriate caregiving strategies. Indicators of passive and active neglect include “signs of malnourishment (e.g. sunken eyes, loss of weight), chronic health problems both physical and/or psychiatric, dehydration (extreme thirst), and pressure sores (bed sores) and loss of…

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