Pipestone’s Jennifer King recently started a company called Homebound Nail Care, which, as the name suggests, provides nail care at home.
“I want to bring something around that is not here,” she said.
King saw a need for such services when he was working as a nurse at Good Samaritan in Pipestone. When someone moved in, she said, the staff would do a head-to-toe assessment.
“Often times, they really lacked good nail care, especially on their feet,” said King.
She said it was difficult for some elderly people to take care of their feet. King will come to your home for this care, equipped with lotions, creams, nail files, nail clippers and a portable foot bath. In addition to trimming her clients ‘nails and taking care of their clients’ feet, King said she may notice things that require treatment by a doctor that are not visible to the untrained eye.
“There are things that can go wrong with a person’s feet that are not immediately apparent,” she said.
King started thinking about starting her 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 this step. She left Good Samaritan in January and went to Minnesota West Community and Technical College and earned a nail technician license. She is now a Certified Manicure and Pedicure and Registered Nurse.
King said she could have done nail care without a nail technician license but wouldn’t have been able to use acrylic or use gel polish. The license also allows her to work in a salon if she wishes, and she said the schooling required to obtain the license provided her valuable knowledge.
“There are things to learn in everything,” she says. “It only broadened my knowledge of taking care of my hands and feet.”
After receiving her license, King was required to obtain a home service permit from the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology that allows her to enter private homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals. King intends to return to school at some point to get her cosmetics license so she can provide more services to the people in her 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 that she saw a need for, 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 her at [email protected]