The University of Massachusetts Amherst

FootCare by Nurses Director Nominated for Woman’s Small Business Owner of the Year Award

Jan 27, 2020

College of Nursing alumna and PHD student Kate Clayton-Jones, founder and director of FootCare by Nurses, has been nominated for the 2020 Massachusetts Woman’s Small Business Owner of the Year Award. 

The award is offered by the Massachusetts District and New England region of the U.S. Small Business Administration as part of Small Business Week (May 3-9), which recognizes the critical contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small business owners. The winner will be honored at an annual awards event in May. 

Kate Clayton-Jones holds an MBA and a Masters in Nursing from UMass and is finishing up a PHD from the UMass Amherst College of Nursing. Kate is  certified as a foot care nurse. Kate says she was motivated to start FootCare by Nurses because, as an acute care nurse, she saw too many people having their toes or feet amputated from causes she thought were preventable. She thinks that all nurses need to play an active role in foot care and in preventing falls and foot ulcers from happening in the first place, and that they can do that using TLC, evidence-based practice and nursing knowledge. 

FootCare by Nurses is a skilled nursing agency that serves Franklin, Worcester, Hampshire and Berkshire counties of Western Massachusetts. It is Headquartered  in Greenfield, MA.  The backbone of the business is home visits for elders wishing to age in place. Referrals come through contracts with local Aging Service Access Points like Life Path, GSSSI and ESCBI and other care providers. The nurses from FootCare by Nurses can an also be found at local senior centers, councils on aging, town halls, assisted living and other clinic locations. 





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