Getting Started: How dementia inspired my business

There are so many reasons people start a business. Some fall in love with a product or service. Some fall out of love with the company that they work for and just want to be their own boss. I just knew I needed to help Grandma before she lost her stories.

It all began while I was on holiday with my family in Queensland. It was a lovely time of catching up, making great memories and barbecues by the beach. There was only one shadow on the holiday. The increasingly obvious effects dementia was having on Grandma.

It was heartrendingly obvious that she was loosing her memory, sense of self and her stories. And with the family nickname of 'Dragon Lady,' you know she had some good ones! There was that time she, the dog and a shotgun saw off an angry crowd of workmen, or taking to the Bentley with a set of keys, and her years of living as a young mom in Papua New Guinea. While there were many stories that the family can, and do retell, there were still more that we were loosing, and I wanted to see if there was anything we could do.

So I did a little bit of research. It was then I realised that there just wasn't anything out there to help us. Her stories were slipping away, and there didn't seem to be anything we could do. With dementia taking a daily toll, we had to act now. So I started House of Hapsburg. I knew I could help.

I set up my business specifically to preserve the stories of our clients so that they can be passed on to their loved ones. Some our clients are suffering from dementia, or some other illness that is stealing into their lives and eating away at the core of them. So while they and their families are facing into this reality, I help by preserving these precious moments without placing the burden on their family. House of Hapsburg take care of recording then writing the stories, working on the photographs and giving flow and structure to the narrative. We then have these memoirs printed into beautiful hardbound books. We do all that so that our client, just like Grandma, can simply share their memories with us, and we take care of the rest.

If you need someone to help you capture the memories of a loved one suffering from dementia, or a similar condition, please don't hesitate to contact us. One of our team would be happy to talk you in light of your particular circumstances.

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