Employees claim nursing home kept bed bugs a secret

by nobugsonme on November 2, 2011 · 5 comments

in public health

NBC4 reports that employees at the Circleville Care and Rehabilitation Center in central Ohio claimed the nursing home kept the center’s bed bugs a secret from patients’ families:

They claimed management threatened them with termination should anyone notify the media. They also claimed that families of patients were not being told about the problem.

The director of the Pickaway County Health Department confirmed the presence of bedbugs at the rehab center but said that was all they could do because the bugs did not carry any diseases.

Although the management might worry that their reputation would be tarnished by the presence of bed bugs, this is a problem everywhere. Bed bugs can affect any nursing home (just like any other medical facility or public place).

It is important to notify those who have visited recently, so they can check their own homes. Anyone could have brought the problem in without realizing it.

Similarly, current visitors will need to be made aware of the problem so they can exercise caution.

The article says the nursing home has notified families as well as the state health department, and has been having the center treated by a pest control firm.

1 CarpathianPeasant November 6, 2011 at 9:16 am

Although it’s in Ohio, Circleville is out of my range, which is sort of a big circle around Cincinnati. I can’t comment since I know nothing about the place; but, to me, the report seems a bit strange.

2 Bug Girl November 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

I wanted to make sure you got an invitation to participate in my survey of the Bug-blogosphere! I think you are an important part of that community 🙂


3 nobugsonme November 10, 2011 at 3:36 am

Thanks, Bug Girl! I responded. I appreciate the invitation!

4 eriknemec November 26, 2011 at 2:04 am

Does anyone have any advice? I am currently in a court ordered rehabilitation center that has bed demons and the management refuses to do anything about it.. Wut can I do to protect myself and is there any laws thelat they are breaking by forcing me to live in this? Please email me at eriknemec8994@gmail.com

5 nobugsonme December 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Hi Erik,
You really need legal advice. Pro bono help may be available to you. Do you have access to a lawyer you can ask?

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