We tend to take our feet for granted, until pain or problems such calluses or ingrown toenails develop. But it’s important to be kind to your feet and to treat any problems before they limit your ability to move.
That’s why ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services holds monthly Foot Care Clinics in Grand Bend and elsewhere, and why the organization applied for a grant from GBCF to purchase professional-grade foot care equipment. Now more than 20 people a month benefit from the Grand Bend clinic, where services include nail cleaning, trimming and filing, corn and callus reduction, treatment for fungal toenails, and more. “Foot care is important,” says Shelley McPhee-Haist of ONE CARE. “Proper foot care can uncover warning signals for diabetes, arthritis, and other conditions. And when you have health issues, professional foot care can prevent serious complications.”
Support from GBCF’s South Huron Community Fund also helps ONE CARE provide monthly blood pressure clinics in Exeter and Grand Bend. Close to 500 seniors benefit from the Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP) developed by McMaster University. The clinics use blood pressure machines that automatically take several consecutive readings and then average the results. Clients say the clinics are an important resource, monitoring their blood pressure on a monthly basis and sharing the information with their doctor and pharmacist.