This is why Aunty Agatha’s exists.
I’m Catherine the owner of Aunty Agatha’s. My journey to this point has been an interesting and certainly eye opening one!
I would say I have a pretty ordinary life I have one husband, four kids, two cats and a dog. I have parents and step-parents.
Up until a couple of years ago I had my maternal set of grandparents that were very active and a large part of mine and my children’s lives. For some reason I thought they were not only invincible but immortal! I understood they were getting older but they were still as sharp as always.
They made me laugh and made my life a lot more interesting – my Granny Connie collected gnomes – she brought them in at night so they wouldn’t get cold and my granddad Fred often didn’t put his hearing aids in just so he didn’t have to listen to her, but they worked as a team.
My granny Connie died very suddenly (suddenly to me – she was in her 80’s) and my grandfather started to decline rapidly, we pulled together as a family and cared for him.
As his condition deteriorated and he needed more help to fulfil what was previously simple everyday tasks, I started looking for adaptations to improve his life and independence. This was much harder task than I ever could have imagined!
Advice was a mystery and everything seemed to turn into a battle. So I rolled my up sleeves, armed myself with Google and went into battle.
There were a few hospital admissions on the way, a break out of hospital (not recommended!), care packages, lots and lots of professionals unable to answer my questions, adaptations to my granddad’s bungalow, several missing dentures episodes, and a bucket load of frustration! If you’ve ever been there or are facing that now, I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about.
But despite our best efforts, my grandfather was diagnosed and end of life care package was put in place. We eventually found an amazing nursing home where he died very peacefully and happy six months later.
We would much rather have spent those precious last few months by his side taking care of him, than having to sacrifice time with him to source the adaptations and advice we really needed.
Talking to my extended family, friends, colleagues, the lady in the queue at a well-known supermarket, it seems that if you have or are a child with autism , a teen with a disability or an elderly person that needs care and assistance, it’s still a battle and bucket loads of frustration.
This is why Aunty Agatha’s exists. We buy you time with your loved ones, because now you can easily find the products and often the advice you need to support independent living.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. If you have any questions about our services or products, please use our contact form here to get in touch.