Healthy, comfortable feet are essential, especially for older people and Age Connects Wales’ member organisations Nail Cutting Service has proved to be a revelation for thousands of older people this year. As we age, some people need assistance with cutting their toe/finger nails and arthritic joints and tough overgrown toenails can make wearing shoes and walking comfortably almost impossible.
Most of us do not really give a lot of consideration to having our nails cut, but if you are elderly, suffer from restricted movement, susceptible to infections or conditions such as diabetes, then our nail cutting service could be a very important aspect of your healthcare.
With a number of community based clinics operating across our member organisations areas of benefit, specially trained and insured staff and/or volunteers keep people out and about and on their feet. Drop in clinics are available in some areas, and if getting to a local clinic proves difficult, a home visit service is available.
Please note, this is a chargeable service and some medical exclusions apply. Charges currently vary across each member organisation, but you can expect to pay between £10 - £15 for a clinic appointment and £20 - £25 for a home visit. Our charges cover all expenses including single use instruments as advised by NHS Podiatry Services.
Prior to your first appointment, we will need to know about your general health and any medication that you are taking, so a short questionnaire will be necessary. If you have any health conditions which prevent us from assisting you, we will make a direct referral to the NHS Podiatry Service.
The benefits of maintaining good foot health is being felt by thousands of people across Wales each month, and the feedback we are receiving is highlighting that the service is helping older people to remain active, independent and reduce their risk of falls.
Never ignore minor foot problems as they could get worse. F or more information or to book an appointment, please contact your local Age Connects Organisation.