Dedicated UALA Treasurer Shares His Passion for Assisted Living

Rodney Washburn

“I love that my job is never the same every day.”

Executive Director of Chancellor Gardens at Clearfield and Utah Assisted Living Association (UALA) Treasurer, Rodney Washburn, has been dedicated to Assisted Living for over two decades.

“I wanted to help make our industry the best it can be,” he said.

The husband and father of four has formed invaluable relationships over the years with employees, residents, and families at the community.  

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Description automatically generated with low confidence“I truly believe in Assisted Living and the benefits it brings to people’s lives. I’ve learned many of jokes, had a lot of hugs, and had some spiritual experiences with end of life. It’s just the overall relationships,” he explained.

Washburn’s path into the industry began while in college at Weber State University.

“I decided to be in Health Care Administration many moons ago and happened to do an internship in Assisted Living and it stuck,” he said.

Washburn said one of things seniors and their families love most about Assisted Living is the ability to remain independent yet still have support from caring nurses and staff who help when needed.

“I personally will be living in an Assisted Living as soon as it makes sense and will look forward to it,” he added.

As UALA’s current Board Treasurer and former 2011-2012 Board President, Washburn has seen first-hand the tremendous impact that the organization has made.

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Description automatically generated“UALA is extremely important to help us as an Assisted Living industry to be connected and on the same page. Not only does UALA fight to keep our regulations sensible, they have a presence with our State Department of Health. UALA helps our Department of Health know what we need and helps keep our industry in good standing with the state,” he explained.

Another thing that keeps Washburn inspired every single day are the people at Chancellor Gardens who make it all happen.

“Our line staff such as caregivers, servers, housekeeping and such are the blood lines of our business. Without them we are nothing,” he said.

Washburn is looking forward to many more years serving the Assisted Living community.

“I love that my job is never the same every day. We are all on the same team for our seniors. We should be helping each other out as much as we can so everyone is making Assisted Living a great industry!”