Foot Care is no doubt growing expeditiously year after year. When I started my journey back in 2008 as a "Foot Care" only Distributor, I envisioned exactly what i'm seeing today.
Our Diabetic clients aren't the only ones driving our Industry. It's all immune compromised beings. It's our Insurance, or lack there of. It's our Baby Boomers.
Foot Care is finally being looked at in a more serious manner......as it should be!
Last week we talked about Foot Care for our clients with Cancer. I received many responses and questions regarding what approach should be taken in order to begin offering Foot Care to Cancer patients.
It is my opinion, as it is with working with the Diabetic or Geriatric client, you establish some form of alliance or referral systems with your local Dr's. Visit every type of Dr. you can imagine whom might be involved in the treatment of Cancer. Visit Radiologist and Nutritionalist who work closely with these patients for before, during and aftercare. Our MISSING PIECES class deals directly with how to write that Dr. referral and building the confidence you need to make it happen. EDUCATE!
However, working with this type of clientele takes more then just Dr. referral. It takes a serious and firm commitment to Education as well as a serious and firm commitment to clean, disinfect and sterilize to the highest degree. This includes using the right products, the right tools and the right disinfection products.
It also includes doing all of the above correctly.
Educating yourself when it comes to servicing Cancer clients can truly be a matter of life and death.
All the basics are hugely important such as water temperature, to clip or not to clip, sensitivity of skin etc. but, probably one of the most important is knowing when and when not to massage.
When working with Cancer clients taking into considering what type of cancer, and where the cancer is located should be top priority.
A colleague and friend of mine (Reggie Stephens) shared with me Education he recently took in Oncology Spa Solution Basics.
He stated "The concern with massage is with the Lymph System, if the client has had lymph nodes removed or radiated, you have to modify your massage within that affected region...to never massage those areas affected by those lymph nodes". An example would be if the lymph nodes in the right armpit are compromised, then the right arm would not be massaged. The same applies if the lymph nodes were removed or radiated are in the groin...the leg on that side is compromised....and you wouldn't massage.
Although as Pedicurist, we must stay within the limits of our license and stay below the knee. None-the-less, your "thorough" consultation should reveal areas of treatment.
In regards to disinfection, there is a whole lot of talk throughout our Industry today about which disinfection product is the best. Talk about the difference between EPA and FDA. Talk about contact time, talk about if its flammable, user friendly and environmentally safe.
The reality is, many of our Salons purchase base on price. This is so unfortunate. They are always looking for ways to cut cost, disinfection should not be cut. But, if you are choosing to service Diabetics, Cancer and/or auto immune deficient clients, disinfection is not the area to cut cost at all. In fact, improper disinfection can ultimately cost you money.
Centre for Beauty is committed to offering the full circle of foot care. We provide quality brand products for the skin on the feet. We provide quality tools and implements and we provide high grade, safe disinfection products. We stay connected with full resources to refer you, our client in options for Education. We don't just believe in safety for your clients....we believe in safety for you.
We are excited and proud to be expanding our foot care products by adding autoclaves and sterilizing pouches to our venue. (available on our website soon)
We are excited and proud to educate you on our 3 step cleaning and disinfection procedures designed for your safety and the safety of your clients.
We are excited and proud to help you grow your Business of Foot Care!
There are two great programs coming up in August which are "All About Feet". If you plan to attend either one of them, be prepared.
The Dr's, the Podiatrist, the panel of Specialist on each program are dedicating their time and their knowledge to help you, the Salon Professional.
Have your questions ready. Is there a question about skin disorders you've been wondering? Ask! Is there a question about Diabetics you've been wanting to know? Ask! Are you looking to go in a more clinical direction? Ask! If you are looking to expand your venue to care for Cancer clients....these Summits are a great time to ask questions. Are you wanting to make sure you are within the limits of your license? Ask! There are no stupid questions!
When it comes to safety with Cancer patients we need to keep in mind their skin changes daily with treatment. They become more sensitive. They become more fragile. Although we hope it's only for a short time, this short time to a person going through Cancer treatments seems like forever.
- Have a plan in place for servicing a Cancer client
- Offer a special package specifically designed for the well being of a Cancer client
- Offer support. A periodic call to your client letting them know you are thinking of them will go a long ways
- Offer transportation. Many times they are to weak to drive but would welcome the opportunity to get out of the house
- Be sure the atmosphere is calming and relaxing
- Be proud of your cleanliness and display your processes for them to see
- Go a step further and get a written authorization from their Dr. as an okay for them to proceed with whatever service you are performing
- Celebrate their life. Be happy, be positive....
My Dad is beginning his treatment soon for Cancer. It's scary! All I can think about is how we as a Family can help to keep him comfortable, positive and healthy. At 89 years old, none of us thought we would be dealing with something like this.
Cancer does not discriminate. It chooses the young, the old. The rich, the poor.
I practice what I preach and I plan to do all these things for my Dad. The power of positive thinking, a simple act of kindness and making sure we practice the absolute best form of cleaning and disinfection (in our own home) is my top priority.
If you choose to market this type of Business, you must have the same mindset.
CJ's Parting Thought
Are you considering the care of Cancer clients?
Start by joining your Community in Cancer walks and benefits. Talk directly to those affected by this horrible disease. Connect with other Professionals who are there to help. Get involved!