Sheila will try to answer as many of your English Social Care questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.
Can a carer cut a service user’s toe nails?
Hi Sheila, can carers cut a service user's toe nails?
Thank you for your question.
I think you would be surprised at how often I am asked this question and this is a response that I gave some time ago which I have reviewed. I do understand that whether or not a care worker should undertake the cutting of service user's toenails does cause confusion but I believe that the process to be gone through is relatively straightforward.
The service should have a policy on the cutting of toenails and part of the policy should be about a risk assessment for each individual service user and the points to be included in that risk assessment.
If the risk assessment finds that it is safe for a care worker to cut the nails then the Registered Manager must satisfy themselves that the care worker has the necessary competencies. This must all, of course, be properly recorded.
If there are any perceived risks associated with a service user such as diabetes, then the GP should be consulted and most probably a referral would be made to the chiropody service.
It is important that these steps are carried out to protect both the care worker and, more importantly, the service user.
If the care assistant has any concerns about the toe nails of a particular service user then the matter should be referred back to the Registered Manager.
With best wishes.
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Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA). Care is Sheila’s life; she possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business and as a leader in the care sector.
Sheila will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.
Please note that Sheila can not offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the CQC.