Kathleen or Kathy (as she’s preferred to be known) grew up in Derbyshire in a village known as Chapel en le Frith or Chapel en le Forest as it’s known locally. As a child Kathy loved the outdoors and enjoyed walking the hills around where she lived. When she grew up, Kathy worked in a post office and when she met her future husband Norman they moved to Chelmsford and had a daughter Karen.

Being active members of the community in Chelmsford they noticed the lack of support in the community for local children and so began a day centre within their own home.

Such was the success of this, they then had a centre built for the community and the council named it ‘The Kathleen Mapes Day Centre’. For over 50 years, Kathy and Norman ran this centre for Age concern (now known as Age UK) to provide a day centre, luncheon club and the opportunity for local people to participate in other social activities.

Kathy Mapes

A few years ago they were recognised by Age Concern for their huge achievements and awarded a Lifetime membership for the dedication and support that they had given for so many years to their local community.

Unfortunately, Kathy had to retire from her work as her health started to fail her; after being diagnosed with Dementia, this was when Kathy needed care herself. After contacting a few care companies, Kathy finally settled with Independent People Homecare as they have done a wonderful job in building the company to an excellent standard and employing such ‘wonderful people’.

Kathy and Norman Mapes
Kathy and Norman Mapes

Kathy now has Carers visiting her four times a day, seven days a week and they even help her attend a day centre herself twice per week. Kathy is happy with her life and loves to reminisce about her past with the carers who visit, she enjoys talking about her daughter, her grandchildren and great grandchildren – for whom she loves dearly and loves going to her daughters to spend time with them when she can. She loves all the Carers that visit her and says she would not be able to cope without them. As a people person, Kathy always looks forward to her carers visiting and having a ‘good ole chat’.

We’re proud to care for people like Kathy. At Independent People Homecare, our Carers not only help with day-to-day living but are also there for companionship and like Kathy having just a ‘good ‘ole chat’!

To find out how we can help you or a loved one, then call our care team today for an informal chat.