River City Six – Kaylee Chilton
Meet Kaylee Chilton, the newest addition to the Bridge to Better Living (BBL) (www.bridgetobetterliving.com) team who works with clients in the Omaha Metro area as a transition consultant.
Tell us a little about your business.
Bridge to Better Living was started by Mary Ann Stallings eight years ago from a passion to help friends and family find the right fit for retirement living. BBL helps individuals, at no cost, research Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Long-Term Care options.
How did you get started in the business?
I had been familiar with BBL and an Omaha consultant when I received a phone call asking if I was interested in joining the team. I LOVE the mission of Bridge to Better Living, “Placement with Passion.”
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
I’m saddened when people have not prepared for the future and there are limited options for senior living communities.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
Connecting with seniors and their families and developing a trusting relationship to assist with one of the biggest and sometimes most difficult decisions.
Tell us a little about your family.
I have been married for 25 years and am blessed with three handsome boys. We also have two Schnauzers, one black Lab, and a hedgehog.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
At the young age of 32, my sister was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma. Her condition became critical and we almost lost her. Treasure family and friends. Live life to the fullest.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Spending time with my boys. My summer tan is courtesy of baseball and track.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
My family and I have swum with whale sharks in Mexico. I have also parasailed in Florida. Topping my bucket list is to view Great White Sharks.
What are you the proudest of?
My children. My oldest (21) is in the Construction Management program at UNO, my middle son (17) enjoys playing football and track for Gretna, and our youngest (14) is an active volunteer. He received the Presidential Award for volunteering over 100 hours with Memory Care residents.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
One person can make a difference. Use your voice and stand up for your beliefs.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
Child advocate attorney.
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
I help host donor drives and am a registered donor for Be the Match. When it was determined I wasn’t a match for my sister, my family hosted several drives in Iowa and Nebraska to raise awareness for the need for blood marrow donors. Through Be the Match, my sister was able to find a perfect match from a donor in Germany. I’m also an American Red Cross blood donor and do some hospice volunteering.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
My grandparents who have passed on. I was close with them and miss them dearly. They had wonderful stories to share.
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