Posted by: Kelley Dees | October 18, 2012

Types of Work-Site Assessments Available

On Tuesday, we talked about assessments and how we conduct those. Today, we’ll talk about the three different kinds of assessments that are regularly done.

  1. Functional Assessments: An assessment of the farmer’s or rancher’s physical and cognitive functioning. Depending upon the disability, the assessment may cover abilities such as standing, stooping, reaching, climbing, strength, range of motion, hearing, vision, memory, and temperature tolerance, to name a few.
  2. Agricultural Assessment: Focuses on details about the operations of the farm or ranch and the workplace barriers imposed by the functional limitations of the disability. The visit can lead to suggestions for machinery or facility modification, if needed, and provide a better understanding of specific tasks that are workplace barriers.
  3. Home Accessibility Assessment: Looks at issues of safety, efficient methods for completing activities of daily living, and architectural barriers related to disability. For example, a person with a newly acquired spinal cord injury may need a bathroom modified to facilitate independent functioning in self-care activities. In addition, farmers and rancher with disabilities may have family members who provide additional assistance.

In providing a home accessibility assessment, the safety and well-being of caregivers is also        considered. For example, are they using ergonomically correct methods of helping transfer from              wheelchair to the toilet? A home accessibility assessment will most likely be conducted by an        independent living specialist.

Check out our post from Tuesday, where we discussed assessments and how we determine what type of assistive devices are needed. Also, stay tuned for our post on 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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