Community Foot Clinic volunteers sought

MERRIMACK – Home Health & Hospice Care is looking for volunteers to assist with its Community Foot Care Clinic Program.

HHHC provides foot care clinics to community members in various locations throughout Greater Nashua and Manchester. Clinics are held at sites such as senior centers and assisted-living facilities.

The fee is $26 per visit, and each visit includes a soak, trim, file, massage and observation of medical complaints, including diabetes. Each foot care client is individually cared for by a licensed nursing assistant or a registered nurse during the appointment.

Volunteers are needed to assist at each clinic to greet community members, schedule future appointments and collect fees. Having a volunteer frees clinical staff to focus on providing foot care. Clinics are typically about three to four hours. Volunteers may commit as little as one day per month or multiple days.

Interested candidates need to have good people skills and attention to detail. Appropriate orientation will be provided.

Taking care of feet brings many benefits, including balance, mobility or remaining active, and helps alert you to health problems. Foot problems quickly reduce mobility. If it’s painful to walk, then an elderly person will walk less. This reduces independence, limits exercise and risks the development of deep-vein thrombosis. Healthy feet also improve balance in the elderly, thereby reducing the risk of falls.

Early warning signs can help alert you to health problems at an early stage. Problems such as diabetes, arthritis, poor blood circulation and nerve damage can all have a noticeable effect on the feet or toenails.

For more information, contact HHHC’s volunteer coordinator, Tanya Prather, at volunteer@hhhc.org or 557-2806.