1. Marilyn2

    Marilyn2 Registered User

    Jan 6, 2011
    21
    Just a quick question that someone may be able to help with. We visited Mum in her Nursing Home last week and noticed that her toenails looked very long. Mum is a diabetic. We wrote to the Manager (who was not on duty at the time) and asked when Mum was due to see the chiropodist. She has now replied saying that the Chiropodist saw Mum 6 weeks ago (no exact date given) and is coming again later this week.

    This seems a long time to wait to have toenails cut. Is this a normal interval between visits?
     
  2. DozyDoris

    DozyDoris Registered User

    Jan 27, 2009
    395
    Suffolk
    Hi there, I can't answer for care homes but Mum and Dad both see the NHS chiropodist at home and that is about every six weeks, if they're getting a little long I've an industrial clipper (only kidding, it's only from Boots:)) and give them a little trim but mostly they are fine.
     
  3. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,434
    I'm assuming this is an NHS chiropodist? Many areas seem to have this problem although that's not in any way reassuring. It's one reason why so many people get private chiropodists to visit, I'm afraid.
     
  4. Canadian Joanne

    Canadian Joanne Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 8, 2005
    16,093
    Toronto, Canada
    My mother has a private chiropodist who deals with the home she's in but that's the way it works here. As a matter of fact, I'm finding Mum's toenails seem to be growing at a quicker rate lately and am waiting to hear back from the chiropodist as to whether we should increase the frequency. Currently her toes are clipped every 8 weeks.
     
  5. Pacucho

    Pacucho Registered User

    Dec 20, 2009
    521
    Wembley, Middlesex
    When I cared for my mum at home I got the chiropodist to vut her toe nails every other month (i.e. once every couple of months). This seemed appropriate for my mum.
    Regards

    Paco
     
  6. sussexsue

    sussexsue Registered User

    Jun 10, 2009
    1,528
    West Sussex
    Mum had hers done every 6 weeks privately (6 weeks being their recommendation) and now has them done ever 6 weeks at daycare, so it would seem the norm. However everyone is an individual and maybe your mum needs them doing more often.

    ps: My horses have their feet trimmed every 6 weeks as well in the winter, but need doing every 5 weeks in the summer as they grow quicker :rolleyes:
     
  7. Dibs

    Dibs Registered User

    Jun 19, 2009
    1,901
    Hampshire
    Hi

    My mum also has her feet done every 6 weeks in her carehome. :) Dibs (Deborah)
     
  8. Nan2seven

    Nan2seven Registered User

    Apr 11, 2009
    2,525
    Dorset
    Yes, Brian too used to have his done every six weeks when he was at home, and on the same time scale in the nursing home. I understand this to be the norm - but my own need doing more often than that.:)

    Love, Nan XXX
     
  9. Marilyn2

    Marilyn2 Registered User

    Jan 6, 2011
    21
    Yes, mine too:). Thanks everyone - perhaps I don't need to worry if this is the norm. I'll find out where the chiropodist comes from (NHS or private) and see if I can find a way to ask her opinion about frequency.
     
  10. sunny

    sunny Registered User

    Sep 1, 2006
    598
    NHS Chiropodists are becoming as rare as a blue moon so why I wonder is this - it does take a lot of money to train to become a Chiropodist and courses are sparse throughout the country but footcare is important especially for diabetics so it sounds like it is going to be rather like NHS dentists- a disappearing breed although both are very important to health. Even getting a good private one is like gold dust who wants to deal with people who have dementia.
     
  11. exbloomer

    exbloomer Registered User

    Jul 1, 2011
    1
    Hi Marilyn, I'm a private chiropodist and visit a lot of people with dementia type problems and 6 to 8 weeks is usually about the right time. If you are looking for a private practitioner I would suggest you go to The Institute of Chiropodists & Podiatrists to look for someone local to your area. Best of luck with Mum.
     

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