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Serving the Needs of Nebraska's Farm and Ranch Families Affected by Disabilities.


Rehabilitating Disabled Farmers and Ranchers: 
A Priority in Rural Nebraska

Occupational and physical therapists are invited to "Rehabilitating Nebraska Farmers and Ranchers with Disabilities." A day-long seminar held each spring at different locations across the state. It is sponsored by the Nebraska AgrAbility Project, a joint effort of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and Easter Seals Nebraska. Continuing Educational Units will be available for the seminar. The 2015 date and location will be advertised on this page as soon as the plans are finalized.

WorkshopMost do not realize it, but when a farmer or rancher is discharged from care following an injury or serious illness, he or she is not only returning home, but is also returning to an industrial work site.

Occupational therapists, physical therapists, OT assistants and PT assistants can play an important role in preparing farmers and ranchers to return to their homes. When home includes the workplace, special considerations are needed to ensure a safe transition.

"Rehabilitating Nebraska Farmers and Ranchers with Disabilities" is designed to help these health care providers become more competent in their care to the agricultural population they see on a regular basis. Lead instructor for the seminar is Dr. Christine Hutchinson, PT, DPT. Hutchinson is a physical therapist at St. Francis Medical Center in West Point, NE. She has extensive experience treating diverse patient populations. Practicing in the acute care as well as rural settings has enabled Christine to treat a variety of diverse patients. UNL Extension faculty and ESN staff will also teach portions of the seminar.

Contact Sharry Nielsen, UNL Extension Educator, (308) 832-0645, or for more information.

Nebraska AgrAbility is a joint effort of the University of Nebraska Extension and Easter Seals Nebraska. This material is based upon the work supported by the Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under special project number #2006-41590-03461.

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