Health & Wellness

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Health and Wellness is a program of the Department on Aging that offers an array of services, ranging from massages to free blood pressure screenings. We also offer many fitness classes like yoga, aerobics, tai chi, and much more.

Check out the current Endless Possibilities Activity Guide to find out all that we offer, including wellness special events, exercise classes, individual services, and support groups.


Fit feet

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Fit Feet

How Fit Feet Can Help You

You might be having a difficult time taking care of your feet and trimming your toenails. If you are not as mobile as you used to be, or you have poor eyesight it can make it harder to take care of your feet. The Fit Feet program can help keep your feet in better condition with a foot health assessment and nail trimming service.

In-person Fit Feet

Specially Trained RN’s will:

  • Provide foot care education (PDF)
  • Examine the feet for obvious or potential problems
  • Referral to the client’s medical provider if obvious or potential foot health problems are found
  • If no problems are found, an RN will trim and file the client's toenails
  • Moisturize rough, dry skin

By Appointment Only

Service is by appointment only, for adults age 55 plus. All NEW clients must have their primary care provider complete a Physician consent form (PDF) and bring the referral with them to the first appointment. Clients will not be seen without their doctor’s referral.

Medical Transportation

If medical transportation is needed, please call E-Z rider at 919-968-2772, if you live within the Chapel Hill - Carrboro city limits. In the county, call OPT at 919-245-2008.

Fee

  • Fee: $15 per visit for Orange County residents. $30 per visit for non-residents.

No-Show Policy for Fit Feet Clients

Clients must cancel their appointment a minimum of 24 before their scheduled appointment. If the appointment is not canceled prior to 24 hours, the client will be billed: $8 for Orange County residents and $15 for non-residents. Future appointments will not be scheduled until this fee has been received.

To schedule a Fit Feet appointment, call the senior center nearest you:

  • Passmore Center
    103 Meadowlands Drive
    Hillsborough, NC 27278
    Phone: 919-245-2015
    Second and fourth Wednesdays
  • Seymour Center
    2551 Homestead Road
    Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    Phone: 919-968-2070
    First and third Wednesdays

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Virtual Fit Feet

What should you do to take care of your feet or nails while the Fit Feet Clinic is closed? What constitutes a foot care emergency? If you are new to the Fit Feet program what can you do while you wait to be seen? These are just a few of the questions that people might be asking themselves. This information is a brief attempt to address these concerns.

  • There are several things you can do to take care of your feet while waiting for your next appointment. This might include applying lotion or using anti-fungal medication. Daily application of lotion helps to limit callous formation. If you have toenail fungus it is important to apply topical medication daily as directed. Your home care is essential to successful treatment.

Over-the-counter Treatments for Toenail Fungus
Janice Galloway, RN – Fit Feet Nurse, Orange County Department on Aging

  • Conditions such as diabetes can cause loss of sensation, i.e. peripheral neuropathy, so that you might cut yourself if you if you tried to cut your own nails. For this reason, we recommend using a nail file to smooth the rough edges of the nails on a weekly basis.

Foot Care Tips for Patients with Diabetes
Linda Textoris, RN – Fit Feet Nurse, Orange County Department on Aging

If you have a problem that requires immediate attention you should call a local podiatrist or go to an urgent care facility. Examples of foot care emergencies might be; a) signs of infection such as redness, pain, or drainage b) a broken toe c) painful ingrown toenails.

If you are waiting to sign up for the Fit Feet Program there are some things you can do in advance. You can find information about the program on the website. You will need to get written permission from your doctor to be seen at the Fit Feet Clinic. You can download a permission sheet to send to your doctor and ask him to fax it back to the Senior Center. This will expedite setting up the initial appointment once the clinic reopens.

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Fit seniors

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Fit Seniors

To see all that we have to offer, including wellness events, classes, and support groups, download the Endless Possibilities (PDF) activity guide.

dumbbells, exercise balls, bands and tennis shoes.

Additional Resources

  • EXERCISE GUIDE: Exercise at your own pace, with the Cabin Fever 10 exercise guide.
  • PRERECORDED EXERCISE OPTIONS: Exercise whenever it is convenient for you, download Prerecorded Exercise Options.
  • SENIOR GAMES: Senior Games is a year-round health promotion program for adults ages 50 plus. Activities include sports and games competitions/tournaments, social activities, and the SilverArts.

To register, call the Passmore Center (919)245-2015, Seymour Center (919)968-2070, or Register Online.

Program

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Fit Seniors Program Waiver

The Fit Seniors program requires physical activity that may present problems if certain medical conditions currently exist. It is our recommendation that the participants consult their physician if they have any questions or concerns about participation in this program. If you choose to participate in this exercise video you agree to hold harmless any persons or organizations involved with the Wellness program exercise videos from any legal action or claims at any time due to your participation in this video. Be sure that you are in good enough physical condition to participate safely.

Live

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Live Stream Disclaimer

Orange County offers live-streamed classes for information and educational purposes only and does not make any representation or warranties with respect to the accuracy, applicability, fitness, or completeness of the multimedia content (“Video Content”). Although the information contained in the live streams are being produced from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty, express or implied, is made regarding the accuracy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of the information, Any reliance on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.  The information contained in the links published represents the views and opinions of the creator of such Video Content and does not necessarily represent the views or the opinions of Orange County. The appearance of a link on the published list does not constitute an endorsement by the County of the Video Content. The Video Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any question you may have regarding a medical condition, or before starting an exercise or nutrition program.

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