Foot Care

Many seniors suffer foot care disorders that lead to pain and reduced mobility, independence and quality of life. They are often not mobile or flexible enough to address their own foot care and require professional nurses to manage foot problems. Foot care services at Orcas Senior Center are offered by Footcare with a Heart performed of dedicated and highly qualified foot care specialists.

In 2019, Orcas Senior Center received a generous grant funded by our community via Orcas Island Community Foundation to upgrade our foot care room with a state-of-the-art foot care chair, foot care equipment, and a much-needed window for ventilation.

Due to COVID-19 and resulting safety standards, the foot care program has taken great measures to revise protocols, equipment, supplies, and staff training.

Foot care nurses are fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. In order to keep nurses and clients safe, masks are required at every appointment regardless of their vaccination status.

The foot care program is following the American Foot Care Nurses Association best practices, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and the San Juan County Board of Health requirements in order to reduce exposure of potentially life-threatening conditions to valued clients and nurses alike.

For questions about foot care or to schedule an appointment with Footcare with a Heart, call (360) 622-8234 or (360) 622-2117.

Meet Foot Care Nurse, Erica Bee, LPN, CFCS, M.Ed

After graduating nursing school with a focus in geriatrics, Erica became aware of her need for further experience and care work, in particular, with dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s clients in senior and community centers, memory care, and in-home settings.

Erica trained with Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter and American Parkinson Disease Association Northwest Chapter to serve as a Support Group Facilitator for both organizations. And in 2017, she received the Washington State Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Facilitator Award of the Year.

Working with these associations showed Erica the real need for foot care for seniors and recognized that helping to fulfill this need was her calling for compassionate and professional care. She exclaims, “I like feet!”

Erica Trained under Dr. Julia Overstreet, DPM, FAPWCA at Rainier Medical Education, and completed the certified Foot Care Specialist through the The American Foot Care Nurses Association.

“My interest in foot care began back in 1987 in upstate New York trimming sheep, cows and horses’ hooves on our family farm. It was an easy, natural step to humans – they don’t kick as hard and most of the time, they smell better. When I returned to my roots in Washington five years ago, I added certified Foot Care Specialist to my list of credentials and started Footcare with a Heart, now serving three of the San Juan islands.”