This story is representative of a typical RSABI case and the support we provide. All names and some of the particulars have been changed to maintain confidentiality.
David had worked for over forty years on various farms in Scotland and his intention was to keep on working until he was unable to. Unfortunately, he had a massive heart attack and it was made clear to him by his GP that he would no longer be able to work on the land again.
He called RSABI after his wife saw an ad in the Scottish Farmer. He was feeling as though his whole world had collapsed. He didn’t want to burden his wife with how he was and admitted he had become withdrawn. After chatting through how he was feeling we talked about the future . . . which David was having difficulty seeing.
As his housing was tied we helped make contact with the local council housing department and organised welfare rights to help him apply for the benefits he was now entitled to (he had never been on benefits so had no idea). We made sure that he and his wife had enough income to get him through the next six weeks until his benefits were paid. He was allocated a council house and we helped with the removal costs, a cooker and a washing machine as these had to be left in the farm cottage.
We called David every week and chatted around how he was feeling and he said he felt much better for the chats. We discover he loved working with wood and getting out on walks (which his wife wasn’t keen on). We gave him the telephone number of the local Men’s Shed and some walking groups.
He made contact and up to lockdown had been involved with the Men’s Shed and the walking group. During lockdown he has continued his walks and spends hours in his shed on his woodwork projects. We call him once a month now and he has found a new future which he is thoroughly enjoying.
If you, or someone you know, is struggling please call the RSABI helpline on 0300 111 4166. The helpline is open every day of the year from 7am to 11pm.
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