My uncle is in a Kentucky nursing home. How can I tell if he is being physically abused?

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There are a number of clues, including the following:

  • bruises, welts, or scars—particularly if they are symmetrical on both sides of the body—that cannot be explained;
  • broken bones, sprains, or dislocations;
  • unexplained hair loss;
  • prescription bottles containing obviously more or less than they should;
  • broken eyeglasses;
  • bloody clothing or bedding;
  • marks that indicate the use of restraints, such as rope marks on the wrists, ankles, or neck;
  • an unexplained change in behavior, such as fear, anxiety, or suddenly becoming quiet when a specific caregiver is around;
  • odd explanations by your uncle when you ask about possible injuries from abuse; or
  • refusal to let you visit with your uncle.

The most important things you can do for your uncle are to visit him often, at different times of the day and night, and to observe. Ask him about his life there and the people who take care of him; watch his response for fear or nervousness. Check him for bruises and other signs of rough handling.

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If you believe your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse you need to speak with an experienced Kentucky nursing home neglect attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation.