The Society also gives a monthly grant to Ian to help with the increased expenses of having to pay others to do things around the house and garden which he would previously have done himself. Ian says this has taken some of the financial stress and worry out of the whole situation.
Ian has been unable to work since his accident two years ago, but is determined to do so in the near future. Ironically, his architectural practice specialised in the design of medical centres and primary care settings, and he commented that he has now become “a user of services rather than a provider of services”, something he never expected to happen.
Ian has faced the enormity of the adjustment to his life with great determination and is starting to get back to enjoying some of the things he loves. He is due to go on his first holiday with his mountaineering friends two years on from his accident. Although it will be a different experience this time, with adjustments to the routes and some physical help from his friends, it is one which he is looking forward to, and marks an important milestone in his new life.
Ian has found help from the ABS valuable during such a difficult time.