An innovative foot care service aimed at older people residents in Amber Valley has been shortlisted for an award.
Derbyshire housing providers Futures Homescape, has been shortlisted for 24Housing’s care and support provider of the year.
This follows the success of its ‘Footcare at Home’ service, which gives older people access to professional foot care, helping them to maintain independence.
Futures Homescape’s support services manager Martyn Hudson said: “We’re delighted to be shortlisted for the award, the service has been hugely successful in helping older people in our communities who may be at risk of becoming housebound due to mobility issues.
“The foot care we offer improves balance and comfort when walking, which is a great sense of confidence to someone who had previously been in pain or had been uneasy on their feet.”
The service was initially targeted at people living in rural locations, but was extended in across Amber Valley in January.
The treatments include a foot soak, nail care, callus and corn reduction and foot massages, with sessions lasting for 30 to 40 minutes.
Ken Lewis, 88, of Leabrooks, who is currently benefitting from the service, said: ““Before was having regular foot care sessions, I was unable to get out and about. My feet were so swollen and sore that I couldn’t even get my shoes on.
“But now, because my feet don’t hurt as much, I get out every single day so I get plenty of fresh air. It’s invigorating and my feet feel like babies’ feet!”