Kelly, brings over 20 years of experience working in the medical field with geriatric and disabled patients. During her years managing a surgical practice in St. Petersburg, she started to recognize the myriad ways that elderly patients fall through the cracks and decided that she wanted to redirect her knowledge and skills to assist and advocate for this vulnerable population. She also experienced the frustration and helplessness of being a long-distance daughter for her father who was battling cancer in another state. This experience reinforced her growing passion to work directly with seniors and help bridge the gap for long-distance families dealing with the challenges of aging and acute medical crises.
Originally from Boston, Kelly has lived in the Tampa Bay area for over 30 years and has vast experience navigating within the medical communities of Pinellas County. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Florida,receiving her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. She later returned to University of Florida and earned a graduate certificate in Geriatric Care Management in order to enhance her professional skillset and begin a career in Aging Life Care.
“I am writing this from several viewpoints: as a sister, a former long-term caregiver to my Mother, and a retired worker in senior care. Because of my former experiences, I wondered if Kelly Iceton would “do things the way I would.” The answer is a definite, thankful Yes – especially as my sister’s needs increased and abilities decreased over less than six months.
My sister lived out of state with no family anywhere around, and with significant dementia and varied physical issues. Kelly coordinated her transitions back and forth involving hospital, rehab, and ultimately a move to a different memory care facility. She kept us thoroughly informed throughout these steps as she proactively accessed my sister’s medical charts and talked with her medical providers. Significantly, it was Kelly who first observed, through a Facetime visit, that the end was near.
Kelly’s role went well beyond keeping up with the medical issues. Recognizing my sister’s financial constraints, Kelly worked out medical transportation options, while she also handled her move and set up her bedroom in another facility. Kelly took the initiative in every way possible, from suggesting a nutritional supplement to clothes shopping to creating a “fidget purse” with goodies that reflected items that my sister enjoyed. One of my fondest memories will be seeing my sister with big flashy rings on three fingers of one hand!
Kelly not only cared for but cared about my sister. We will be eternally grateful that she helped make her end-of-life better.“