Sharon Pebley retired from Life Care Centers of America administration last year, leaving Colorado for the warmer climate of Phoenix.
Pebley was "retired" for less than a year when she went to work as interim director of Life Care's Payson Care Center March 14.
"I'm here to support the staff, our residents and their families," Pebley said. "They need to know someone's at the helm."
She expects to be with PCC through May, or until the company finds the right person to take over the facility.
Pebley was brought in after Life Care Centers promoted former director James Gann and transferred him to Reno, Nev., where he is running one of their larger facilities.
"I've been with Life Care Centers of America for 14 years," Pebley said. She started as an administrator of one of the company's facilities in Longmont, Colo., and more recently served as a regional vice president, but her career in long-term care began 34 years ago when she worked as a nursing assistant.
During that time some of the big changes she has seen in the industry include more consumer awareness and more regulations.
She said the thing she has noticed most about Payson Care Center is how much the staff cares for the residents.
"There is a friendliness and a willingness to help out, a sense of team. You can really feel the staff cares," Pebley said. "It takes a very special person to work in this profession."