New company provides nail care for people confined to the house
Jennifer King of Pipestone recently started a business called Homebound Nail Care through which, as the name suggests, she provides home nail care services.
“I want to bring something to the region that is not here,” she said.
King saw a need for such services while working as a nurse at the Good Samaritan in Pipestone. When someone moved in, she said, staff did a head-to-toe assessment.
“A lot of times they really lacked good nail care, especially on their feet,” King said.
She said that some older people find it difficult to take care of their feet. King will come to their home to provide these treatments, equipped with lotions, creams, nail files, nail clippers and a portable foot spa. In addition to cutting toenails and providing foot care for her clients, King said she may notice things that need to be treated by a doctor that are not apparent to an untrained eye.
“There are things that can go wrong with a person’s feet that are not immediately recognizable,” she said.
King started thinking about starting his own nail care business last fall. She was a little hesitant, but said she was lucky to have very supportive people around her who encouraged her to take the plunge. She left Good Samaritan in January and attended Minnesota West Community and Technical College and graduated as a nail technician. She is now a certified manicurist and pedicurist and registered nurse.
King said she could have done nail care without a nail technician’s license, but wouldn’t have been able to do acrylic or use gel polish. The bachelor’s degree also allows her to work in a salon if she wishes and she says the education required to obtain the license has given her valuable knowledge.
“There are things to learn in everything,” she says. “It just broadened my knowledge of direct hand and foot care.”
After obtaining his license, King had to obtain a Home Services License through the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology which allows him to visit private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals. . King intends to go back to school at some point to get her cosmetology license, so that she can provide more services to people at home.
King is originally from Southern California. She moved to Pipestone in 2002 and lives with her husband, Troy, and two young children. In addition to providing a service she saw needed, she said her business will give her additional flexibility that will benefit her family.
Those interested in learning more about Homebound Nail Care or hiring King can call 507-820-0732 or email him at [email protected]