The first is that if it is expected that the fingernails should be trimmed then this should be identified in the care plan.
The carer should be identified as being competent to carry out the task.
In some cases it might be that the nails should be filed rather than clipped but this is a matter for each individual client's risk assessment.
There should be a policy in place. That policy should identify what equipment should be used, by this I mean that the appropriate equipment should be used i.e. no scissors.
I would not expect that toenails would be cut by a carer.
I hope this is helpful but it remains essential that the appropriate process is followed to mitigate risk to the service user.
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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.
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