As an administrator or manager of Direct Support Professionals, here are some examples of management strategies that can support proactive foot care. Here are some tips:
Discuss Common Foot Problems
- Discuss common foot problems and how to determine if a doctor’s care is needed.
- Discuss the prevalence of foot bacteria, fungus and viruses, and methods of prevention.
- Are these common problems among the individuals you support?
Assess the Foot Care Needs of the Individuals You Support
- Review the health profiles of individuals to flag and summarize any outstanding foot care problems.
- Ask staff for additional information about foot care issues that they have noted.
- Develop a foot care profile on each individual as needed.
- Where appropriate, add foot care to health care log systems.
Demonstrate Foot Care Practices to Staff
- With their consent, use staff or individuals you support to demonstrate proper foot care practices. (see training guide)
Some Examples of Proactive Foot Care Leadership Strategies
- Treat staff as professional equals. Accept staff ideas about how to prevent foot problems among the individuals that they serve.
- Avoid a top-down approach to training. The top-down approach fails to take advantage of the fact that staff know the people they serve and can offer insight.
- Do not rely on exclusively on training or re-training. Relying on training alone assumes that staff are not well-enough trained. If problems exist, it may be an organizational problem.
- Solicit feedback on your training methods.