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by Susan Smith, Executive Director, Kemptville & District Home Support

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer… This fun Nat King Cole song certainly puts a smile on people’s faces when it is played, as they are perhaps reminiscing about a particularly memorable and carefree time.

Why not re-live some carefree times here at Kemptville & District Home Support in the beautiful air-conditioned Cheryl J. Brown Centre? Activities are continuing throughout the summer: Euchre is held on Mondays at 1pm; Skip-Bo Tuesdays at 10am, Bid Euchre, a variation of euchre, Tuesdays at 1pm; and Cribbage is held on Thursdays at 1pm. All of these activities take place at 215 Sanders St., Suite 101 in Kemptville. You don’t have to know how to play, just interested in learning something new and having fun!

And, to keep flexible, there are exercise classes Monday to Friday in our Activity Room. The Monday to Thursday classes are held at 9am, and the Friday classes are at 11am. The Monday and Wednesday exercise classes have a focus on breathing, which is very important for everyone, including those with COPD, to master this technique.

Foot care Clinics are also continuing throughout the summer. Leonardo da Vinci noted, “The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” We need to respect our ‘works of art’ by ensuring that our feet are properly assessed and maintained. Often due to lack of flexibility, arthritis, declining eyesight and other limiting conditions, a person may not be able to care for their own feet.

It is vital to take proper care of our feet, especially for anyone that is diabetic. On the Diabetes Canada website, it is noted that, “In Ontario, there is one amputation every four hours as a result of a diabetic foot ulcer…Each year, close to 2,000 Ontarians with diabetes have a lower-limb amputation, and those amputations are associated with 800 premature deaths.” This is SIGNIFICANT! Please consider booking an appointment to get your feet assessed.

Our Footcare clinics have grown and, in order to accommodate the increase in requests for footcare, we have scheduled an additional half day clinic one Tuesday morning a month starting in September. If the need increases more time will be added to the clinic.

Let’s keep as healthy and as carefree as we can!

Until next time
Susan
613-258-3203.

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