River City Six: Andrea Crampton
As part of the largest no-cost senior placement agency in the nation, CarePatrol of Nebraska (www.carepatrol.com) assists clients with the selection of Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care communities at no cost to the family or senior. CarePatrol of Nebraska serves the Omaha Metro, Lincoln, and surrounding communities. Andrea Crampton is a Community Relations Representative for CarePatrol of Nebraska.
Tell us a little about your business.
We help families through the entire process of finding the best fit for their loved ones. We thoroughly evaluate many different aspects – looking at needs, wants, location, amenities, finances, reviews, safety features, staff experience and turnover, the state’s care and violation history, and more – before making our recommendations. Once we’ve narrowed the search to the preferred options, we line up tours and personally accompany the client to help make sure all the right questions are asked.
How did you get started in the business?
I met the owner of CarePatrol of Nebraska, Theron Ahlman, through a mutual colleague. Since I helped my mom go through the process with her parents, he was very interested in discussing an opportunity he had available with the company. When he offered me the position, I happily accepted.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Educating everyone about CarePatrol and the industry itself. It can be very confusing and it’s usually during a difficult and stressful time for loved ones.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
I enjoy being outside (when it’s not 100+ degrees). I love to do yard work, sit by the pool, or dining al fresco at a restaurant with friends.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
Baton twirling is a skill I possess. I competed when I was younger and twirled with the band in high school.
What are you the most proud of?
My kids! They are 22, 19 and 16. They are thoughtful, grateful, and hard working.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Say what you mean, mean what you say, and do what you say you are going to do.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
Generous. Not so much monetarily, but with my time.
What do you feel is your greatest talent?
The gift of gab, which fortunately I get to use every day, in my professional and personal life! I love to talk and get to know new people.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be able to sing well. I enjoy it very much, and sing in the car all the time. But I’m just not good at it!
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
An attorney. I love the law and the debate of different views and interpretations.
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
The local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association in Omaha and Lincoln because my grandma died with the disease. I also support those affiliated with hospice care locally.
What is your favorite TV show?
It was Person of Interest, but it ended last season.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
Oscar’s Pizza & Sports Grille. The food is great, but it’s also where I meet my dad to spend time and catch up with him.