Toenail clipping service to be part of larger health event for seniors

Outreach program intended to help seniors stay independent by offering to clip their toenails once a month.

Posted on Feb. 27, 2014 at 2:42 p.m.

If you can't clip your own toenails, you might have a hard time living on your own.

Elkhart County seniors are struggling to take care of their feet, according to Tammy Friesen of the Council on Aging of Elkhart County.

The agency is responding with foot care clinics once a month at the request of local seniors and their families.

"It's part of helping seniors stay independent," Friesen said. 

5 things to know about going to the foot clinics
  • You should live in Elkhart County, and be 55 or older.
  • You can only go if you make an appointment first by calling 574-295-1820.
  • You can only go every other month, to make space for more people to attend.
  • The cost is $15.
  • There are two locations: The Life Center Campus of the First United Methodist Church in Goshen (fourth Tuesday of each month) and the First Presbyterian Church in Elkhart (fourth Wednesday of each month).

The county health department has long provided a similar service, but a lack of funds forced the department to scale back the foot clinics last summer. Friesen said the Council on Aging hopes to come to the aid of seniors who miss the health department's services.

But the monthly events won't be all about feet. The atmosphere will be more like a mini-health fair, with IU Health Goshen staff providing health screenings and giving out information about nutrition and exercise that's tailored to seniors.

This is a new partnership with the hospital, Friesen said. It's a chance for seniors to get some health needs met while socializing with others.

More information about the foot clinics or any of the Council on Aging's programs can be found on their Facebook page or www.elkhartcoa.org.

Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks

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