With arthritis, many tasks around the farm that were once simple may no longer be carried out because of pain and stiffness in a farmer's joints. Getting help from others may be beneficial, but is not always an option for long-term solutions. There are many assistive devices that can be used and modifications that can be made to make jobs easier and less painful.
**NEW ARTICLE- Get Back into the Garden**
Thank you to Glenda Fauntleroy Shaw for allowing us to reprint Get Back into the Garden from the July- August 2010 Issue of Arthritis Today.
For more information on where to find and purchase these assistive devices, please consult The Toolbox resource from Purdue University's Breaking New Ground Resource Center by clicking on the link. To order the toolbox by phone, please call 1-800-825-4264.
Assistive Devices and Modifications
-Addition of Tractor Steps
-Knee Pads/Gardening Pads
-Enlarged Tool Handles/Gloves
-Automatic and Self-Adjusting Tools
-Push Feed Carts
-Tractor Steering Wheel Knob/Enlarged Handles
-Suspension Seat/Seat Cushion/Adjustable Arm Rests in
-Additional Mirrors on Tractors and other Large Equipment
-Man Lifts for Tractors
[AgrAbility Project, NIFA, USDA Special Project 2008-41590-04796]