This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine foot care requirements and prepare and use basic equipment and medicaments for those people not requiring services of a professional podiatrist.
The unit applies to workers who provide care to older people and follow an established individualised plan in a range of residential and community service contexts.
During this one-day course you will gain knowledge of the basic anatomy and physiology of the foot. You will also learn:
biological waste disposal
foot and nail pathology
structure and functioning of skin and integuments
indicators suggestive of need for podiatry assistance
ways to minimise risk from manual task risk factors, for both the individual and the worker
principles of basic foot hygiene and infection control
nature of common foot and nail complaints and ways to address them
function of medicaments, including: · emollients · astringents · moisturisers · antiseptics
personal care record-keeping requirements: · types of documentation · information required