Posted by: Kelley Dees | October 15, 2012

Work-Site Assessments: Tools for determining assistive devices

An important goal of Wyoming AgrAbility is to help farmers and ranchers who have experienced injury or limitations leading to disability stay active and productive in their operation. How do we decide what assistive devices are needed?

One way we accomplish this goal is through work-site assessments of a farm or ranch operation.

Work-site assessments are in our toolbox of ways to help you!

Conducting assessments involves observing and analyzing the barriers the person is facing on the farm or ranch and, possibly, in the home. An AgrAbility staff member will visit the farmer’s or rancher’s property to observe, discuss, measure, and record the specific functional limitation the person is experiencing, the environmental barriers, and any risk factors on the farm or ranch.

The staff member will also discuss the goals the individual may have about tasks he or she used to be able to do and would like to do again.

Sarah Perry, an occupational therapist with the Gottsche Rehabilitation Center in Thermopolis says the following: “Three types of assessments may be performed. The producer decides which assessment takes place.”

Stay tuned for our post on Friday, where we’ll discuss the different types of assessments available, and next Monday, where we’ll discuss the outcomes of assessments.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

This information is adapted from Wyoming AgrAbility 2008 Newspaper Insert.

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