The Careful Caregiver
Some people know exactly what they want to be when they grow up. Usually, that journey meanders a bit, including a college degree, some time to find one’s self, and eventually falling into a position where those dreams can bloom into a career.
For Colton Balmforth, the journey toward his professional calling started when he was a teenager.
“I have always loved interacting with people who are older than me,” Colton said when asked about his chosen path. “Connecting with them is easier than connecting with people my own age.”
Because of that wonderful ability, Colton got a job working at the assisted living facility near his house in Salt Lake City, Utah when he was 16.
“That was the earliest I could start working legally,” he added with sincerity. “I started as a dishwasher and loved it. Especially interacting with the guests.”
While working at that facility, Colton received his Certified Nursing Assistant certification, finished high school, brushed up on his people skills (which had become legendary among the residents at the facility where he was employed), and also worked toward becoming an Eagle Scout.
“My final Eagle Scout project was the cleanup of a large campsite near Salt Lake. We sanded and stained tables, benches, and more.”
As a lifelong planner, Colton looked ahead and charted his course carefully. Over the next handful of years, he went on a mission to South Africa, attended Weber State University with a field of study in health administration, and then took on a position as an executive director at another community.
That’s when Colton’s attention to details and thorough preparation caught the eye of the Utah Assisted Living Association.
In 2017 Colton became one of the youngest members ever to join the association’s board of directors.
“I served a two-year term, and then was recently voted back on the board when another seat became available.”
With a mission to educate industry leaders on regulatory issues, rules, and best practices, Colton’s role on the board of directors helped hone his already impressive skillset and earn the attention of Ovation.
“At Ovation, we’re here to help enhance people’s lives,” he added. “That’s one of the things that impressed me about Ovation Sienna Hills.”
Accepting a position as Executive Director, Colton and his wife moved their two young children from their home in Salt Lake to St. George, where they’re starting their new lives with enthusiasm and a healthy dose of Colton’s contagious optimism.
“My wife is a nurse, so together we really are the complete caring package,” Colton added with a laugh. “I love everything Ovation stands for, including the culture that lives in everyone – from the CEO to the person cleaning dishes in the kitchen. I’ve never experienced such dedication and purpose from an organization before. Ovation is a wonderful, caring, active retirement community.”
Colton is already one of the stars at Ovation Sienna Hills. We, and the guests who call Ovation home, look forward to more of his preparation and planning in the years ahead.