Family Caregiver of the Year Award Nominee: Laurie Brockway

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Family Caregiver of the Year Award Nominee: Laurie Brockway

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Nominated by: Alexander Garrett

Tell us about the nominee's caregiving story.
My mother, Laurie Sue Brockway, has gone above and beyond the last 11.5 years. In 2007, at age 90, my still-working grandmother fell outside of her home and had to be admitted into the hospital and then into rehab right by our home. From 2007-2018, up until my grandmother's passing at 100, YES 100! my mom took care of her mother and made sure she was comfortable in her home and not at a center. Managing round-the-clock aids overseeing Shirley Brockway, Laurie also devoted so much time, energy and love to keep Shirley as comfortable as ever, right up to her burial.

How does the nominee complement his or her caregiving responsibilities with their own needs and interests?
Taking care of my grandmother, who was very much set in her ways, was quite the journey. Through tears, through some personal ills, and through struggle, my mother persevered and I saw her strength shine through every step of this caretaking journey! She also had to take me to different doctors, as I have certain needs that go unmet, could lead to hospitalization. And, of course, she balanced work, EVEN ATTAINING HER BACHELORS and being a devoted wife all the while! During this journey, she also was aiming for a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Mercy College.

She, unfortunately, had to put that on hold in 2014, when my grandmother had her third big fall in a short span of time.

Tell us about the nominee's problem-solving techniques.
My mother is an absolute problem-solver, however. And she and my stepdad convinced my grandmother to use a stair lift to move up and down her house, a lift God blessed her to use another 4 years into age 100.

I saw my mom's problem-solving capabilities through the way she would manage the aides helping out at my grandmother's house. She had a way to get through to her mom about health stuff that no one else could do. She'd vouch for her at the hospital every day.

I'm learning to do that with my aging father, little by little.

How does the nominee use online resources or community services?
My mother, who is a writer by nature and for work, continues to write about her caregiving journey and she has written in Women's Day about how to talk to care-takers amidst the storms they face (https://www.womansday.com/relationships/family-friends/a50728/10-things-never-to-say-to-caregivers-of-elderly-parents/?fbclid=IwAR1XKJJ0DByz-0wP5q133y77ePaLmk_FLoBG1Llra9v98hJQl4Wmo7BtDWo).

She's also written in GuidePost about the care-taking community: https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/caregiver-stress/8-ways-for-caregivers-to-take-care-of-themselves?fbclid=IwAR3HZodAE3ug74Fl1BmaCQ7mbKT4l_jBq613t_lbsUPsAqSlYX6PuY9G070

How does the nominee remain involved in his or her community (including online)?
As she continues to educate the online community about caretaking, I urge you to strongly consider Laurie Sue Brockway for the work of the last 11.5 years taking care of Dee Dee, or Shirley Brockway!




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