Rehabilitating disabled farmers and ranchers is focus of seminar for caregivers |

Rehabilitating disabled farmers and ranchers is focus of seminar for caregivers

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – Occupational and physical therapists are invited to “Rehabilitating Farmers and Ranchers with Disabilities,” a day-long seminar planned for Oct. 22.

The seminar will run from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff. It is sponsored by AgrAbility Projects in Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming. Participants can be awarded continuing educational units; the seminar uses an American Occupational Therapy Association-approved curriculum.

Farmers or ranchers who are discharged from care following an injury or serious illness are returning not only to a home, but also to an industrial work site. Occupational therapists, physical therapists, OT assistants and PT assistants can play an important role in preparing them to return to their homes. When home includes the workplace, special considerations are needed to ensure a safe transition.

“Rehabilitating Farmers and Ranchers with Disabilities” is designed to help health care providers become more competent in their care. Lead instructor for the seminar is Dr. Carla Wilhite, MNM, OTR/L, a professor at the University of North Dakota, Casper College, and formerly part of the Colorado and Oklahoma AgrAbility Projects. She was instrumental in developing and piloting the curriculum used in the seminar. AgrAbility staff from the three sponsoring states will also teach portions of the seminar.

Pre-registration is required by Oct. 15. For a complete agenda or registration materials, contact Sharry Nielsen, UNL Extension Educator, (308) 832-0645, or

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