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<br /> <br />JEFFERSON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT <br /> <br />HEALTH BOARD <br /> <br />Minutes: <br /> <br />June 15, 1983 <br /> <br />Staff Members: <br /> <br />Randall M. Durant, R.S. <br />Phyllis Bee, P.H.N. <br />Joseph Fischnaller, M.D, <br />Gael Stuart, Administrator <br /> <br />Board Members: <br /> <br />B.G. Brown, Chairman <br />A.M. O'Meara, Member <br />John L. Pitts, Member <br /> <br />All members were present when Chairman Brown called the meeting to order. <br /> <br />MINU1'ES: With one minor correction, the minutes for the meeting of <br />May 18, 1983 were approved on the motion by Commissioner O'rteara, seconded <br />by Commi.ssioner Pitts. Unanimous, <br /> <br />FOOT CARE CLINICS: Catherine ~errill, who has operated these clinics with <br />the assistance ot several volunteers for five years, discussed this pro- <br />gram with the Board. Nine clinics per month are conducted at three <br />locations (Port Townsend, Chimicum, Quilcenel. The average age of the <br />clients is 70 years, with a large number in their 80's and 90's. The <br />current case load is 440 clients, with at least 1-3 new clients being added <br />each month. <br /> <br />The purpose of the clinics is to provide necessary foot care for individ- <br />ualSWh:o are unable to perform such care for themselves due to physical <br />limitations. and to educate clients in the Droper care of the feet, Treat- <br />ment includes nail and skin care, treatment of blisters, bunions, and <br />corns, basic hygiene, and referral to a physician when indicated. ~/rs. <br />Merrill noted that a number of clients who originally attend the clinic <br />on cruj:; or with a walker or wheelchair are able to regain full <br />mobili.ty with. proper , consistent foot care. While some clients who are <br />unableto,do their own foot care attend a clinic monthly, others check <br />in quart~rl:Y Or yearly or when they have a problem. Proper and thorough <br />foot care is essential for these elderly people to maintain optimal <br />mobility. <br /> <br />Mrs. Bee.reported that, for some clients whose contacts are limited, these <br />clinics provide an additional social benefit. Mrs. Merrill's and the <br />volunt~ers' professional attitude and genuine concern and interest in <br />their clients provides clients with an opportunity to discuss other con- <br />cerns while receiving foot care. <br /> <br />NURSING DIRECTOR REPORT: Mrs. Bee's written report for the month of May, <br />1983 (attachment 1) was briefly reviewed. She noted that the decrease in <br />the number of children seen at well-child clinics was due to the nurse <br />who conducts the clinics being absent due to illness in the family, <br />