Star City 6: Matt Svoboda
Established in 1991, Care Consultants for the Aging (www.careconsultants.com) is a home health registry with offices in Lincoln and Omaha. Additionally, Care Consultants publishes its ElderCare Resource Handbook every two years, which is a valuable resource for seniors and their family members who live in each respective area. Matt Svoboda is an Administrative Assistant at Care Consultants for the Aging’s Lincoln office.
Tell us a little about your business. – We connect seniors and their families with local resources, through the referral of qualified and trustworthy caregivers at an affordable cost to provide care, both medical and non-medical, in people’s homes as well as our ElderCare Resource Handbook.
How did you get started in the business? – My friend, who works on-call for CCA, told me that the position was opening up and that she thought I would be perfect for it. I agree.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – At my former retail job, my staff and I were left without a manager or assistant manager during Christmas season. This is always a very busy time in retail, obviously, and it was a lot to handle, but we made it through and lived to see another holiday season!
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – Building a great rapport with my co-workers. I love bringing an uplifting and enthusiastic attitude to the workplace.
Tell us a little about your family. – I was born in Torrington, WY. My parents adopted me and I’ve lived in Lincoln for 30 years. I’m engaged to a wonderful man named Michael, and we have a German Shepherd named Dante, an American Staffordshire Terrier named Moses, and a tortoiseshell cat named Cher, she’s crazy!
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – I was in retail for 9 years with a varying schedule so transferring to an office job, with a set schedule Monday through Friday, was a huge change, and a very welcome one at that. Especially to be a part of a company that is really making a difference in the lives of the people in our community.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – I love to walk in the old neighborhoods of Lincoln and look at the large, beautiful homes. I also love walking around Pioneers Park.
What are you the most proud of? – The group of people I have surrounded myself with throughout my life who have only lifted me higher and made me stronger.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “If It doesn’t matter in five years, it doesn’t matter.”
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – Vibrant.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? – “Sky Fits Heaven” by Madonna.
If you could have a super power, what would it be? – Weather control. Storm is my favorite member of the X-Men.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? – Music. It’s a dream and passion of mine.
What is your favorite movie? – Cloud Atlas.
What is your favorite TV show? – Xena Warrior Princess.
What is your favorite local restaurant? – The Oven. Yum!
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Cher.
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