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Homeless feet

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by shellyvortex, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. shellyvortex

    shellyvortex Member


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    hi all,

    i am (in my ample free time in sunny scotland ;) researching issues surrounding homelessness, access to podiatric services and the impact on NHS services due to lack of or limited podiatric care. For purposes here, homeless is termed as 'roofless' - although no doubt there are problems surrounding those who are termed 'hidden homeless'. Does anybody have any knowledge of these issues or projects/practitioners that work with people who are homeless?

    I'm based in Edinburgh, although I am interested in both UK and international initiatives surrounding homelessness and access to podiatrists. I don't know about elsewhere in the world, but good foot health and preventative podiatric care in the UK seems to remain the domain of the middle classes!

    all suggestions/ideas most welcome
     
  2. Lorraine Munro

    Lorraine Munro Active Member

    Hi ,
    In Sydney Australia There is a mens hostel known as Matthew Talbot and although much to my shame I have never volunteered there, there is always a notice in our Assosciation monthly journal calling for volunteers.
    Absolutely these guys need the care... its just not high on the priority of the homeless I guess.
    Regards Lorraine
     
  3. shellyvortex

    shellyvortex Member

    Hi lorraine,

    i always figured very few people think about their feet...perhaps because they are so far away from our heads ;) I absolutely agree, when people are homeless the priorities tend to be shelter, money, food. Do you know of any other services that provide podiatric care and are not health building based? outreach etc.

    thanks

    shelly
     
  4. Lorraine Munro

    Lorraine Munro Active Member

    Hi Shelly,No I'm sorry I don't but what a noble mission to set out on. I'm trying to free up a little time and so you have given me inspiration. Many thanks. Let us know how you get on!
    Cheers Loraine;)
     
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  6. Tuckersm

    Tuckersm Well-Known Member

    The A.Pod.A. in Victoria at one stage had a homeless podiatry group.
    The homeless are a priority group for podiatry (and all other) services for community health centres here, with some centres having specific outreach programs to access the homless where they are. eg: Podiatry in the park etc.
     
  7. Camo

    Camo Member

    Hi ShellyVortex

    I work at two inner city community health centres in Melbourne where they have dedicated podiatrists to work with the homeless. The projects both work on a drop in basis and are well utilized. If you require further information on the projects and how they work within the general community please PM me for further details.

    Cheers
     
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    Utilization of foot care services among homeless adults: Implications for advanced practice nurses.
    Muirhead L, Roberson AJ, Secrest J.
    J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2011 Apr;23(4):209-215
     
  9. Cameron

    Cameron Well-Known Member

    Re: Homeless feet: rough sleepers

    hi

    I write for Pavement <http://www.thepavement.org.uk/>on foot care and share the column with Evelyn Weir at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. I am based in Perth WA but spent some time in London when I started writing for the electronic magazine (6 years ago). From the editor, Richard Burdett <richard@thepavement.org.uk> the column is both popular and avidly read. The magazien now has tow focii i.e. London and Scotland with plans to expand. I am sure Evelyn <EWeir@qmu.ac.uk> and Richard would be delighted to assist you with further enquiries.

    Here in Perth we do have a sizable roofless population. Although winters are cold especially at night, it is often the excessive heat (the summer has had months of temperatures of over 30) which people need to contend with. Podiatry services are sparse however because it primarily a private based service but there are some public and volunteeer podiatry services to centres and shelters.


    toeslayer
     
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    The ABC are reporting:
    Podiatrists help give boot to homelessness
    Full story
     
  11. Samj

    Samj Member

    Hi

    I work for a project in Leicester ( The Dawn Centre) for homeless and vulnerable people in Leicester which provided temporary accommodation, support and basic needs ( free food and drink, showers, laundry etc) and primary care service (GP, consultant nurse, specialist support workers, complimentary therapies and Podiatry).

    I visit twice a month to provide Podiatry treatment and the vast majority of cases are neglect and part of the service also includes issuing hosiery and footwear.

    Sam
     
  12. fishpod

    fishpod Well-Known Member

    hi shelley most of my nhs pts are no where near what you would call middle class im working today in wales and most pts come from quite deprived areas and difficult economic circumstances most middle class people access private podiatry . most of my nhs pts are in reciept of benefits of one kind or another.
    regards fishpod
     
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    Utilization of foot care services among homeless adults: implications for advanced practice nurses.
    Muirhead L, Roberson AJ, Secrest J.
    J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2011 Apr;23(4):209-15.

     
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    Podiatric Health Needs of Homeless Populations as a Public Health Concern
    Bright Chen, Analiza Mitchell, David Tran
    JAPMA January/February 2012 vol. 102 no. 1 54-56
     
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    Developing a sustainable foot care clinic in a homeless shelter within an academic-community partnership.
    Schoon PM, Champlin BE, Hunt RJ.
    J Nurs Educ. 2012 Dec;51(12):714-8.
     
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    Homeless in America: injuries treated in US emergency departments, 2007–2011
    Jessica L. Mackelprang, Janessa M. Graves & Frederick P. Rivara
    International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion; online first
     
  17. Rob Kidd

    Rob Kidd Well-Known Member

    This may have been done before - when you are old and stupid like me, one simply cannot remember. I note above an Australian colleague mentioned the Mathew Talbot Hostel in Kings Cross, Sydney. It may be worth laying out how that came together. My Boss, Ros, worked at the time at Liverpool Hospital, at least as Chief pod, though may have been higher. She had morning coffee with the Prof of Public Health, Prof Ian Webster. Ian, spent Friday nights, rather than drinking beer like most of us, volunteering his time at the 'Talbot, and mentioned to Ros that they had dreadful feet: what could she do? She said that personally she could do nothing, but she was married to the local head of school. I got nagged, I approached the then president of the podiatry association (Mandy), and she and I went to look at the issue. I am a socialist by nature, but that day it was reinforced. As Mandy and I got closer to the Talbot, we started stepping over more and more people; at the last moment we stepped inside, I turned around and saw a Ferrari agent next door..................... We looked around, made an assessment of their needs, and agreed two strategies; I would shame health care companies to give equipment; she would shame people to give their time. I am sorry if that sound arrogant - as many gave their time with no persuasion at all. We came out of the Talbot and looked at each other; we had one of two choices: sign the pledge, or go to the pub. We choose the latter and several later, we worked out the following. I got well over $20K in equipment, Mandy got many people - including Jo - who was the hero (sort of actually ran the service). That was 1999; I have no idea what is happening now. However, we set up a seriously good service for homeless men, with student input. What we found was that of you grab people by the social thoughts, much can be done. Rob
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2013
  18. Sandie Mc

    Sandie Mc Welcome New Poster

    Hi Shelley, I have recently started working in a drop in centre for people who are homeless just outside London. Within the Centre of London there are Chiropodists working with charities such as Crisis. Crisis takes on volunteers over the Christmas period (I have worked at their shelters, but not as a foot health practitioner). I hope this helps.

    Sandie Mc
     
  19. Kaleidoscope

    Kaleidoscope Active Member

    Hi Shelley

    It was quite a while since you posted your request - I just wondered how you got on with your studies? Did you get much input from others on here and did you finish your work?

    Just for the record, I have worked for Crisis at Christmas for 2 Christmases and thoroughly enjoyed the interaction between us (Doctors, Dentists, Pods and holistic practitioners) and the homeless. I must say, at times it is quite humbling and sometimes really uplifting!

    The second year I saw some homeless guests from the previous year offering THEIR help that year! Some were washing the feet of my patients, so that I could treat them! It was wonderful and truly rewarded me for my contribution. To see someone who appeared without hope and without anyone caring for them come and tell you that you and the team had lifting them enough to get them back on their feet, to get a job and get a life again is again - humbling.

    I would urge anymore who is feeling just a little jaded from all the pomp and extravagance of Xmas to get involved with Crisis. As the people who make it all happen (especially Helen who masterminded us Pods) are dedicated and committed to making a real difference to those at their very lowest ebb.

    Having read 'Down and Out in Paris and London' by George Orwell I really did appreciate first hand how difficult it is for one to get back on their feet again when everything seems so hopeless and the people you meet on the road are often so cruel to them!

    A Happy Christmas to everyone on here.

    Cheers
    Linda Russell
     
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    Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association: May 2014, Vol. 104, No. 3, pp. 269-276.
     
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    Foot Conditions among Homeless Persons: A Systematic Review.
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