Nearly everyone can relate to a nurse, doctor or social worker making a difference in a friend or a loved one's life. So many of us, at one time or another, have relied on direct care workers to assist a loved one as a result of a social, emotional or health-related issue. While we would be at a loss without all of those hardworking professionals, they too find themselves in times of need. Healthcare professionals from across the country having been battling issues on a new front -- how they can continue to directly serve those in need, without putting themselves at risk -- the newest of which being bedbugs.
Many direct care workers don't realize that bedbugs are more likely to be found in buildings such as nursing homes and hospitals, where many occupants sleep or where there is a frequent turnover rate. When direct care workers meet with clients in facilities such as hospitals, adult living facilities and apartment buildings, they are at a higher risk for picking up a bedbug.
As a direct care worker, it's important to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of bedbugs. In the past several years, I have provided seminars to many in direct care fields about how to effectively continue working, while also taking steps to minimize their bedbug exposure.
Here are some helpful tips to follow to maintain a bedbug barrier while on the job:
While there are no cure-alls for staying 100 percent bedbug free, there are steps to take to stay educated and aware to feel a little bit better about protecting yourself and your family while serving those in need.
Michael Colongione is a spokesperson for Pronto Plus, manufactured by Insight Pharmaceuticals. The advice and opinions he expresses in this article are his own.
If you should have any questions, or even a tip you would like to share with me, you can find me on Twitter @GotchaBedBugs or on Facebook.com/GotchaBedBugInspectors. Always remember that staying educated is the key to bedbug prevention.
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