8th August 2016

Older people will still be able to get basic footcare at low cost thanks to a grant from Derbyshire County Council.

footcareThe authority is giving Age UK Derby and Derbyshire £25,000 to continue its Tootsies Footcare service which offers older people basic footcare including toenail cutting, skincare and advice.The project has been running since 2011 to help those least able to afford care for their feet.

Agreeing to continue funding the service, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for health and communities Councillor Dave Allen said: “Older people often struggle to look after their feet, especially if they have difficulty with their eyesight, mobility or grip.
 “Untrimmed toenails can cause pain and discomfort which can affect mobility, balance and lead to a loss of confidence. Tootsies offers friendly, basic help to keep older people mobile, which is vital for their health and wellbeing.”

Who can use the footcare service?

Age UK Derby and Derbyshire runs Tootsies in many areas of Derbyshire, using fully trained volunteers to carry out footcare for people who don’t need full foot health care from a podiatrist but would benefit from basic treatment or advice.

How much will it cost?

Clients are currently charged £12 per treatment which is due to go up to £13 – the first price rise since the project began five years ago. Private treatment would cost around £18-£20 for nail cutting.

Councillor Allen said: “By working with Age UK Derby and Derbyshire we’re able to offer an affordable service to people who need basic help with their feet.

“It’s a friendly service which offers help with toenails, skincare and advice and is very well liked by users. We’re very proud to be able to continue helping fund it, despite the major cutbacks in grants from the Government and the squeeze on our budget from increased pressures on services.”He added: “Keeping people mobile and pain free as long as possible is part of Derbyshire County Council’s drive to keep people healthy, safe and well.”

Where will the footcare service be operating?

Tootsies operates across Derbyshire, including: Alfreton, Belper, Bolsover, Buxton, Chesterfield, Clowne, Glossop, Heanor, Ilkeston, Ironville, Ripley, Shirebrook, Staveley and Swadlincote.

"A great service"

Chief Executive of Age UK Derby and Derbyshire Katy Pugh said: “Footcare seems such a simple thing but when you can no longer manage it yourself it can become a big and expensive problem which affects your self-esteem, mobility and wellbeing and can become an added burden for carers. Our customers tell us Tootsies is great and we are thrilled that Derbyshire County Council is supporting us to continue”

For more information

For further details of the service contact Age UK Derby and Derbyshire on 01773 768240.

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