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Support for seniors’ foot care clinics

Community Care presented a certificate of appreciation to Dr. Majid and members of his staff.  L-R Christina Girard, Renee McCaffery, Dr. Rami Majid, Jennifer Bouman, Sandy Jones. Absent from photo Amanda Wallace.

Community Care presented a certificate of appreciation to Dr. Majid and members of his staff. L-R Christina Girard, Renee McCaffery, Dr. Rami Majid, Jennifer Bouman, Sandy Jones. Absent from photo Amanda Wallace.

Local dentist Dr. Rami Majid continues the practice of sterilizing instruments used by the nurses who provide foot care at Prince Edward Community Care’s weekly clinics.

Majid, of County Dental Centre, said he ws pleased to support Community Care in this way as he “enjoys being able to help the community.”

“Foot care is an important service that can have a huge impact on one’s ability to live an active life at home,” said Debbie Manlow, Community Care’s co-ordinator. “Seniors often find that limited movement makes it difficult to hold the toe nail clippers; the nails have become thick and tough and hard to clip; eyesight issues cause a problem; and those who have diabetes must take extra care not to cut themselves.”

Community Care hires nurses fully trained in the specialty of foot care for older adults.  They work at the weekly clinics and use up-to-date instruments that have been properly sterilized.

“The numerous favourable client comments affirm the value of the foot care program by revealing the positive impact in the life of seniors,” said Manlow. “The nurses develop client relationships that enhance the well being of seniors. Dr. Majid and his staff provide professional community support that is instrumental to the foot care program.”

Foot care clinics are held in both Picton and Wellington.  The first appointment is $25 due to the extra time required with the nurse; subsequent appointments are $20 each.  Most people attend every six weeks. Call 613-476-7493 to arrange a foot care clinic visit.

Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors has been supporting seniors to live independently at home since 1977.  Services include Meals on Wheels, transportation to medical appointments and shopping, noon-time dinners for seniors, help with forms, reassurance programs, homemaking, snow shovelling and home maintenance.  The agency is partly funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care through the Local Health Integration Network and supported by donations and community fundraising efforts.

For more information call Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493 or www.communitycareforseniors.org

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