CLICK Don Padgett – Deteriorating Knees

CLICK Don Padgett – Deteriorating Knees

WEBDONP   Don Padgett’s daughter, Genny, was looking out for her father’s health and safety. In fact, Genny immediately thought of her father when she met Joe Young, a service coordinator for the AgrAbility Virginia Project, in the Greenville/Emporium cooperative extension office where she worked. Genny talked to Joe about her father’s chronic knee problems and how it was affecting his ability to work on the farm. Genny asked Joe to contact Don to see how AgrAbility could get involved. However, like any proud and independent farmer, Don’s response to Joe’s phone call was, “Well I get along, OK; I’d really rather the money go to someone who needs it much more than I do; the person who is the worst off is the one who should be given these opportunities”! But Don was finding himself unable to climb the straight-up ladders to check on the levels of his grain bins, as well as having great difficulty in mounting his tractors and being able to put the tarp on his grain transport truck! So his needs were great! In working with Joe Young, the AgrAbility Service Coordinator, Don was able to connect with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Counselor, Delores Heissler, who facilitated the funding and installation of wrap around steps and a catwalk on Don’s grain bins, steps and handles on Don’s tractors, and an automated system for placing the tarp on the large grain truck!