Age is only a number — baby boomer Maureen Hayes ‘steps’ back into the classroom

Above, recent graduate and Owner of Wise Steps Advanced Foot Care Maureen Hayes. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley news

Maureen Hayes may be 61-years-old but she has taken ‘wise steps’ into her retirement plan

Kelsey Smith
Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER — After 39 years of being a nurse, joining the reserves, and six grandchildren, Maureen Hayes was ready for retirement. Most people spend their retirement taking trips, taking more time for family and friends, and looking after their grandchildren but not Hayes. She instead decided it was a great time to go back to school.

At 60 years of age, she needed a change and enrolled herself into an 11-week foot care program out of Kingston.

There was the option to take it as a 5-week program but the retired nurse knew she would struggle with the online portion of the course so she opted to take a slower-paced version instead.

“It was very exhilarating!” she boasted.

“Online was difficult to get used to but learning to do that stuff can open up so many doors,” she continued.

As a baby boomer that returned to school Hayes encourages others to do the same.

“Swallow the pride. Swallow the fear and just do it!” she exclaimed.

After caring for the elderly at the Dundas Manor she realized just how many seniors struggle with diabetes and dementia and how your overall body affects your feet.

Hayes explained how it’s not only seniors that need foot care, people of all ages have feet issues that they may not even know they have.

“Everybody has feet! Farmers walk all day and their feet rub on the bottoms of their boots and this can cause long-term issues!” Hayes said. “People need to care for their feet more,” she added.

After receiving her certificate of completion Jan. 20 the baby boomer has since opened her own mobile foot care business called Wise Steps Advanced Foot Care.

She takes her mobile unit into the Carefor Nor-Dun Seniors’ Support Centre once a week and now wants to build her clientele.

Her services include, making spacers — for between your toes, recommending orthotics, removing calluses, corns, and identifying other foot problems and then referring. A appointments include a light massage.

“I do a lot of things for feet, but I am not an esthetician! I do not carry nail polish with me!” she joked.

Hayes provides in-home service, individual attention, diabetic foot monitoring, removal of corns, calluses, ingrown nails, foot care health teaching with a holistic and interdisciplinary approach.

For more information call Maureen Hayes today at: 613-762-4966 or email her at

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