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Why Carlton?

We help residents live their lives with attractive senior housing options, acclaimed services and our legendary “culture of care.”
 

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We’re a family-founded, family-focused company, and taking care of you and your loved ones is our mission and our passion.
 

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We aim to love, honor and care for our residents with exceptional service, enthusiasm and integrity.

Pleasant Hill Road Senior Apartments and Assisted Living

Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, our first Community, strives to create an atmosphere that supports and enhances the individual lifestyles of our residents. We offer a wide range of services for seniors including Independent Living, Assisted Living, On-Site Nursing, Medication and Diabetic Management. Residents can participate in enriching, tailored activities in our hillside, landscaped courtyards or our newly renovated living spaces. Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill's Executive Director, with 48 years of clinical experience and 14 years of Carlton experience, leads a team that is committed to Love, Honor and Provide for our residents. Our Communities are designed to provide a rich environment where being valued, respected and loved is a natural daily occurrence. We invite you to see why 99% of Carlton family members would recommend us. (Formerly known as Chateau Pleasant Hill)

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From the Carlton Senior Community Blog

Diablo Valley College Students Ask a Very Thought-Provoking Question

When students from Diablo Valley College’s International Program visited Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill this winter, they came seeking answers to this very thought-provoking question: What was the most important invention or innovation of your lifetime thus far?   The college students, who are all natives of South America, were amazed at the variety of answers they received from our residents. One of the most surprising answers came from centenarian, Bernie Dreyfus, who explained that during her youth there was no electricity in the home. That meant no refrigerator along with the many other modern conveniences we take for granted today. For Bernie, the most important innovation for a professional dancer like herself was the cinema. Bernie started dancing at the age of 17 and proudly she shared the stage with the likes of Betty Grable and Ginger Rogers which earned her a salary of $35 a week. At 102, Bernie continues to dance any chance she gets. At 103 years young, Ruth Whysong’s childhood home was most innovative in town since it was the first to have a flushing toilet installed. What’s more, her family was also the first to get a “talking machine,” also known as a radio, and were able to listen to the first ever broadcast program presented by Ed Wynn. The visit was certainly enjoyable for all the generations involved and one student described the experience as “a great opportunity because elders are like a book... they have so many stories.” Carlton’s Downtown Pleasant Hill community is looking forward to the next visit from Diablo Valley College’s International Students program and wonder what kinds of intriguing questions they’ll ask next time around? Read more about Ruth Whysong: This Carlton Resident Has 103 Reasons to Celebrate! Content provided by JC Paleja     Read more

Resident Spotlight - Patrick Dundon

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Patrick Dundon - Patrick was born in Borris, Ireland a small village on the River Barrow in County Carlow on September 27, 1920. He was the fourth born of five children to his parents Edward and Maye. Patrick’s father was the town doctor. Patrick had a good life growing up in Borris and was often found to be getting up to mischief. One day he and his friend Tom Millet decided that they wanted to go shooting and had to sneak his father’s gun out of the house by taking it apart and slipping the parts down the leg of his pants. Another time he and his friends were having a rock fight and Patrick got hit hard in the ear and was knocked out momentarily. After he came to he tried to hide his injury from his mother but his younger brother saw the blood on his ear and started crying with worry and Patrick had to have his wound tended to by his dad. In 1949 Patrick decided to make his way to the United States. His friend Kevin O’ Kennedy who had immigrated previously was to be married in Pleasant Hill, California. In order to do this Patrick borrowed seventy-five pounds sterling and paid his way aboard a shipping boat called The Irish Pine. The journey took two weeks where he arrived in Baltimore, Maryland. Shortly after arriving in the United States, Patrick met Terry and it was love at first sight. They met at a party through their friends Kevin and Maureen O’Kennedy and married in 1950, settling in Alameda. Patrick worked at a bank in Alameda and remembers being shocked when he found out that the woman who was training him and had worked there for years was getting paid less than he was: a man of egalitarian values who was way ahead of his time. Feeling loyal to his new country he decided to enlist in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and served as an airplane mechanic. During this time their first child, Patrick was born in 1952, followed by Sheila, John, and Chris. After the Air Force, Patrick began his career at Sears on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. He was the family breadwinner and provided a good life for his family. The family loved to go camping and enjoyed trips to Yosemite National Park, Richardson’s Grove, Calaveras Big Trees State Park and especially Point Reyes National Seashore. Patrick enjoyed gardening and had a family garden while the children were growing up. At age 59 Patrick decided to start walking for fitness, then progressed to jogging, then running. By the time he was 63 years old, he had run three marathons. He ran the San Francisco Marathon in a record time of three hours and thirty-four minutes-just four minutes shy of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. He continued his commitment and discipline in this matter setting new goals and restarting anew after a setback. Patrick is a kind and gentle person whose company is enjoyed by all at Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill. His son, Chris, and daughter-in-law,Marianne live close by and his children Pat, Sheila and John live in the Monterey area. Patrick has four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Patrick enjoys music and singing and has a wonderful sense of humor which brightens the day for all of us. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Mary Ann Ashby     Read more

Jennifer's Sour Cream Noodle Bake Recipe

March is National Noodle Month! In tribute to the ultimate comfort food, we're sharing Jennifer's Sour Cream Noodle Bake recipe. This dish is simple to make and can be prepared in about 30 minutes. Better yet, it's also delicious to eat! Jennifer's recipe is just one of many featured in Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill's Second Edition of the Cookbook for a Cure. This beautifully illustrated cookbook features a collection of original recipes from Carlton associates, residents, families and friends of Carlton Senior Living and was created as a way to raise funds for Alzheimer's research. In 2018, we raised over $22,000 for Walk to End Alzheimer's and each book purchased moves us closer to our goal. The cookbook features a variety of recipes including Sexy Shrimp Dip, Autumn Apple & Spinach Salad, and decadent Pumpkin Cheesecake. You can pre-order a copy of the cookbook for only $20 and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association to benefit Alzheimer's research. Visit the Cookbook For a Cure page for ordering instructions. Today we are pleased to bring you Jennifer's Sour Cream Noodle Bake recipe from the Second Edition of the Cookbook For a Cure: Order the Second Edition of the Cookbook For a Cure today! Visit the Cookbook For a Cure page for ordering instructions. The publication of this book was made possible by Terry Barrett, Associate Director of CSL Pleasant Hill and was whimsically illustrated by Katreece Montgomery, an associate at CSL Pleasant Hill.     Read more

Resident Spotlight - Ed Rorke

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Ed Rorke – If you haven’t met our new resident, Ed, you are missing out on a lot. An Irishman by birth, he was raised in Dublin, Ireland. At around the age of 26, he moved to the United States for a job with US Steel Corporation where he was an engineer. Ed studied at the University of Colorado Denver and completed his grad studies at UC Berkeley in Business Administration. Ed is a proud graduate of the Piedmont Police Academy and has also taught business classes at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. According to Ed, he is the Mayor and Deputy of a small island called Ballena which is located between San Francisco and Alameda. He has proudly held these positions for the past 15 years and would be happy to show you the badge he has to prove it. Just be on your good behavior… Ed served in the US Air Force for four years during which time he learned to fly. In fact, his enthusiasm for flying rubbed off on his three sons; one son is a captain of United Airlines, another has his own plane of which Ed is his co-pilot and another son flies for Air Petrol in Sacramento. In his younger days, Ed enjoyed playing soccer and rugby. Later, he took up tennis and golf. He also raised a horse named Tara who raced at Golden Gate Fields two times. Ed has always kept a busy schedule: He was a member of Sequoia Country Club, Lake Merritt Breakfast Club, and Rotary Club of Oakland for 45 years, the Sheriffs Retirement Club as well as their Athletic Club. Ed enjoys talking people, loves the exercise program and social activities at Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill.   [caption id="attachment_20661" align="alignright" width="228"] Ed looking dapper on St. Patrick's Day.[/caption]         View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Wayne Volkar     Read more

Introducing Lori Thames, Executive Director of Carlton Senior Living Concord

Taking care of others has always been in Lori’s nature and so it’s no surprise that she has built a career around working with seniors. A lifelong resident of Contra Costa County, Lori draws her strength from her mother and grandmother who taught her to never back down from a challenge and to always continue learning. Lori was first introduced to the senior living field while looking for a place for her mother who had broken her leg and was placed in a skilled nursing facility. Lori’s mother had suffered a stroke at just 30 years old and because of this, Lori had dedicated her entire life to caring for her mother. At the time her mother entered into the skilled nursing facility, Lori had been working in new construction real estate and she resigned from her job in October 2007 in an effort to “save her mother” who was no longer eating, participating in physical therapy or other activities. [caption id="attachment_20383" align="alignleft" width="291"] Lori and her grandmother, "Maco," pictured on the right.[/caption] Lori spent every day with her mother at the skilled nursing facility to help aid in her recovery and, as her mother’s Medicare coverage for skilled nursing neared the end, she began to research Assisted Living options. Lori says, “she hit the ground running” looking for options for her mom and eventually arranged for in-home care services. This period of research would prove to be very impactful and, having learned so much about senior living communities, Lori decided to pursue a career in senior care in 2008. Her grandmother had also lived with Alzheimer’s for many years which allowed Lori to gain a better understanding of dementia and the unique challenges seniors face as they age. Using her experience in new construction real estate, she joined the sales team at a Vintage Senior Living community in Walnut Creek. Within six months of starting her new position, the community transitioned from offering strictly Independent Living services to also offering Assisted Living and Lori learned a great deal from this experience. While with Vintage, Lori had become acquainted with family-owned and operated Carlton Senior Living through colleagues and decided it was time for a change. Upon leaving Vintage, Lori joined Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill (previously known as Chateau Pleasant Hill) family as a Retirement Counselor. At Carlton, Lori quickly found a mentor in Executive Director, Janelle Lopez, who encouraged her to consider becoming an Executive Director in the future. After 8 years with Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Lori decided it was time for a new challenge and jumped at the opportunity join the Carlton Senior Living Concord family as a Retirement Counselor and to aid with the future transition to offering Assisted Living services. Soon after settling in at Carlton Concord, the position of Executive Director became available and so, once again, Lori embraced the opportunity for growth and officially assumed the top leadership role within the community in November 2018. As Executive Director of Carlton Senior Living Concord, Lori’s priority is to ensure a positive resident experience while treating every resident with love, kindness and respect. She maintains an “open door policy” for residents, their families and associates to ensure that every voice is heard and to offer everyone an opportunity to contribute to the success of the community. When she is away from Carlton, Lori continues to act as Caregiver for her mother one day a week. She also works with local animal groups to raise funds, collect donations and acts as a volunteer in general. Over the last four “seasons” Lori has also found time to support her partner, Leigh, in the operation of a local food truck. The couple is also excited for the recent opening of their restaurant in downtown Martinez which offers American-Italian cuisine. Read more about Lori's grandmother, Maco, on the blog: Maco's Cranberry Jello Salad Written by Denee Coleman     March 3-9 is Careers in Aging Week! It takes a special group of employees to help our senior residents live their lives to the fullest, surrounded by love, kindness and care. Learn more about the diverse range of career opportunities available with Carlton Senior Living and how you can make a difference in the lives of seniors. Read more