Carol Brauer is a Certified Positive Approach to Care™ Trainer and Certified Senior Advisor. She is the owner and President of BrightStar Care that provides in-home care for individuals in Outagamie, Waupaca and portions of Winnebago, Calumet and Brown counties since 2006.
Carol was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and has lived in the Appleton and Fremont area for over 35 years. Since starting BrightStar Care, Carol has been involved in various organizations including the Alzheimer’s Association, ThedaCare Light Up the Night for Hospice – Hope, Care and Comfort, St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation Annual Women’s Golf and Luncheon Benefit, and the Fox Valley Memory Project. Giving back to her community and helping others has always been a major part of Carol’s life.
During Leadercast 2013, Carol heard a presentation given by internationally known speaker, Pastor, and author, John Maxwell, who defined leading as “adding value to people every day”. Those words really resonated with Carol. Maxwell went on to talk about putting others and their needs first, and to serve others. He ended by saying that, instead of waiting for someone else to do it, each of us needs to stand up and do it! Again, words resounded with Carol and had an “aha” moment: “I felt that God wanted me to stand up and add value to people around me and it needed to do it!”
With a growing number of clients, friends and their family members dealing with dementia, it is Carol’s mission to be an advocate for people dealing with dementia. Her passion to help others in her community once again blossomed and she became a Certified Positive Approach to Care™ Trainer to be able to help employees; friends and family members better understand what is happening to the brain of someone with dementia to be the best caregiver they can be. Through her work at BrightStar Care and her public dementia education classes, Carol helps those who work with and care for people with dementia to understand the process of brain failure. By understanding that the brain is dying and that the person with dementia is doing the best they can in the moment, she helps people learn new skills when they approach a person with dementia, their expectations, and how to connect and communicate with those who have dementia.