Basic Foot Care Policy Development
All care services, that provide assistance with personal hygiene, should refer to foot care in their policy and procedures. It should be clear to staff what their foot care responsibilities are including:
• How foot care fits into their work schedule
• What equipment they should use, how it is maintained and where it is stored
• What to do if they come across a foot problem that requires treatment
• What the limits of their foot care responsibilities are (ie what they should not do)
• How to safely and effectively provide basic foot care
A foot care policy might also outline how staff is trained to perform foot care.
Even if a care service uses a Podiatrist to provide comprehensive foot care on a regular basis, front line care staff still need to be able to
• Provide basic foot hygiene
• Identify common foot problems and
• Select appropriate foot wear
As such, basic foot care training should be made available to all care staff at an appropriate level.
Can I cut these toenails?
What about these ones?
How can I do basic foot care safely for the client AND myself?