Dear Residents and Families,
We would like to begin by expressing how saddened we all are by the devastation that has occurred in Napa and Sonoma County these past few days. We would also like to thank so many of you for reaching out to our teams to ask how you can help. Carlton Senior Living would like to do our part as well to assist those seniors impacted by this horrible tragedy. We have reached out to disaster relief services, as well as local hospitals, and will be accepting seniors who have been evacuated from their homes. We will continue to do whatever we can to assist. Not only do our new friends need food and other entails, most came in with just the clothes on their backs. We will be accepting gently used and new adult clothing and new shoes and undergarments to provide for our evacuees.
If you have any questions, please contact your management team.
Thank you for all of your continued support.

David Coluzzi, President

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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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Resident Spotlight - Marie Wagner

When you discover that you have a talent or natural ability to do something you just do it. At least that’s the case with Marie Wagner, Carlton Senior Living San Leandro resident, who has been painting since her youth. “This is just my thing,” says Marie who prefers painting beautiful watercolor landscapes and scenes from life. [caption id="attachment_18745" align="alignright" width="400"] It all starts with a simple sketch for artist Marie Wagner.[/caption] After completing high school, Marie had considered studying art but her mother had another plan in mind. “My mother didn’t exactly encourage me,” explains Marie. “She wanted me to do something more practical.” With this in mind, Marie enrolled at Stanford University in pursuit of a teaching degree. During this time, World War II was winding down and U.S. soldiers were returning home from their posts. One such soldier was Herman Wagner whose family owned and operated a tannery on the Peninsula for many years. Marie and Herman met during these college years and eventually married choosing Burlingame as their home. Prior to starting a family, Marie taught high school for several years before shifting her focus to family. She and Herman welcomed four children to the Wagner family and Marie made time to pursue her artistic passion of painting once again. As the children grew up, Marie found more free time to paint and enjoyed being a member of the Peninsula Outdoor Painters group (POPs) for many years. Through the group, she has formed many long-lasting friendships with like-minded artists who’ve also found a fascination in painting scenes from the great outdoors. Marie draws inspiration from her surroundings whether it be the sandy shores of Half Moon Bay, the charming exterior of the Deerfield Inn in New England, a smiling Buddha in the courtyard of Carlton Senior Living San Leandro or the water tower that’s visible from her apartment window. Her unique painting style and technique is visible in each watercolor piece as she allows the perfect amount of white space to show through between the carefully selected colors. Although watercolor is Marie’s primary medium, her range extends to other types of paint and her work is not limited to the page. One of her largest undertakings was painting murals of the twenty-one California Missions throughout the bare stairway walls at Mercy Center in Burlingame and for this project she found that house paint was most appropriate. The murals took months to complete and were a labor of love which resulted in vibrant art pieces which tell a story about an important time in California’s history. With “ninety-something” years to her credit, Marie attributes her good health to exercise and remaining socially active. As she settles into her apartment at Carlton Senior Living San Leandro and puts her brush to paper, associates and residents alike are excited to see what she’ll paint next. Armed with a simple canvas bag filled with a few sketching and painting supplies, Marie greets each day as an opportunity to create something beautiful because, as she says, it’s just her thing. [caption id="attachment_18743" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Marie and her painting of the smiling Buddha from the courtyard at Carlton San Leandro.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_18757" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Colorful watercolor paintings by Bay Area artist, Marie Wagner.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_18747" align="aligncenter" width="900"] San Leandro water tower (left) and the Deerfield Inn (right).[/caption] Read more about Marie Wagner's Mission to Create Murals at Mercy Center, Burlingame.   Written by Denee Coleman View additional Resident Spotlight articles.       Read more

Resident Spotlight - Millie Jacobson

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident Millie Jacobson – Lovable Millie was born and raised in Oakland, California. She enjoyed a childhood full of games, races and sometimes movies for 10 cents if she could get the money. She remembers that in those days for only a penny she could get five pieces of candy or a hot dog for just a nickel. In junior and senior high school, Mille enjoyed going to school dances and also played the violin. After graduation, Millie attended Armstrong Business College where the Dean helped her get her first job in the Human Resources Department of a large company next to the courthouse. During the war, she worked as a secretary at Foremost Dairy in Florida. When it was time to get married, Millie met her husband on a blind date through a friend and she remembers receiving her engagement ring by mail. [caption id="attachment_18709" align="alignleft" width="375"] Millie showing off her father's bakery delivery truck which looked like this vintage vehicle that was on display during Carlton's Car show.[/caption] In her younger days, Millie’s father had owned and operated a bakery in Berkeley and, at the end of the day; Millie would take the leftover bakery goods to charity. She continues to volunteer her time as she has done throughout her life and one of the ways she does this by visiting with the Memory Care residents at Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill. Millie has a deep faith and enjoys reading her Bible regularly. She has two children (one of which is a retired minister), 4 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Millie also confesses to being a huge Judge Judy fan. Throughout the community, Millie is known for her vibrant smile and positive attitude for life. She enjoys taking Carlton’s shopping shuttle to Safeway and Starbuck’s where everyone knows her. When she’s waiting to leave on an excursion, Millie says that she enjoys visiting with the other residents, like Herb Sontag (pictured above) who have many interesting stories to share.   Written by Wayne Volkar Read more about Carlton resident, Herb Sontag: My Father's Backpacking Legacy, Spotlight Resident - Herb Sontag View additional Resident Spotlight articles.   Read more

Walk to End Alzheimer's 2018

The Carlton Senior Living Home Office alongside our Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill community joined together to promote and host a car wash in support of the Alzheimer’s Association. With all hands on deck we united to wash as many cars as possible collecting only donations. All proceeds gathered will be added to our total fundraising goal of $35,000 in our efforts to help benefit Alzheimer’s research and help to find a cure. Altogether from the car wash and founder contribution we raised a total of $1,272! This places our current raised total to $4,382 and we are just getting started! Carlton Senior Living’s person-centered approach to memory care values all people as unique and recognizes individual viewpoints while honoring the connections between us all. We use best practices in dementia care as well as state-of-the-art sensory integration and therapeutic programming. At Carlton Senior Living our signature programs such as SingFit, TimeSlips and drum circles promote resident engagement throughout the disease progression. Activities are monitored to ensure that residents at every ability level have abundant opportunities to participate, and that all activities embody our program’s core values of dignity, imagination, sensory, and choice. The Alzheimer’s Association is close to our hearts as our Memory Care program is continuing to grow. We hope if you haven’t yet already registered to walk you will consider joining one of our Carlton teams. We would love to have you join us in our walk to end Alzheimer’s. Our teams are participating in the following local chapter walks; Sacramento on Saturday September 29th, Silicon Valley on Saturday October 13th and East Bay Area on Saturday October 20th. For more information on the Carlton Senior Living teams or to register for the walk with us follow the link at Read more

Ask The Elders: Beating the Back-to-School Blues

Carlton’s residents love sharing the wisdom they've have gained through years of experience. As the dog days of summer dwindle, students everywhere are reminded of the inevitable return to the classroom and so we asked the elders to offer their advice on heading back to school. The next two letters in our "Ask the Elders" series come from a couple of perplexed parents who are already seeking reprieve from the return of the school year.     Dear Elders: My kids will be heading back to school soon and are anxious about the new school year. What advice do you have to help them beat the back to school blues? --Mom Before the Storm   Mom Before the Storm: We appreciate you reaching out to us as we've experienced our fair share of first days of school as students and also as parents. Back-to-school time can certainly be a busy and burdensome time for the entire household. Here's a little advice for students: Make lots of friends and be a good listener because you can learn a lot from your teachers and those around you. Learn to take care of yourself and try to stay out of trouble. Study hard because you can't accomplish much in life without an education. Wash your hands frequently to avoid illness and prevent missing important lessons in school. Remember that education is an important part of the path to a career which will someday help you to support your family. We hope this advice is helpful and we wish you all the best for a smooth start to the school year. --Elder Advice Panel, Carlton Senior Living San Leandro - Memory Care     Dear Elders: My oldest is going away to college and I'm scared about having so much distance between us. What advice do you have for a worried mother? --One Less in the Nest   One Less in the Nest: Having your first-born fly the coop can be nerve-racking, to say the least. Getting your teen started at a good college is a great way for him/her to further their education so that they will be better prepared for life. We suggest that you just keep going and that you remind yourself that everything will be okay. --Elder Advice Panel, Carlton Senior Living San Jose - Memory Care Need Advice? Contact Carlton with your question or conundrum and your submission may be selected to go before our panel of thoughtful seniors who will offer the kind of guidance and wisdom that can only be gained from years of experience. View additional advice letters: Ask the Elders     Read more

National System Administrator Appreciation Day

At Carlton Senior Living we believe that implementing technology advancements related to senior living is crucial to upholding our customer satisfaction and maintaining the safety of our residents. Today, for National System Administrator Appreciation Day, we are proud to take a moment to honor the man behind the scenes of our technology systems and the support he provides to Carlton, the residents, and our associates. Tuan Nguyen is our Vice President of Technology and has been with Carlton since he joined our family in 2002. With almost 20 years of IT experience he is nearing 16 years dedicated to a focus in assisted living. Tuan has grown in his role to find adaptability in his existing knowledge of the IT field. When asked what motivated him to pursue a career in IT and Technology he recalls that growing up with computers in the late 80’s it was enjoyable to explore what he could do. Having graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science, he discovered that the lab component wasn’t what he had hoped it to be. Along the way, he found a passion and ability to help people who were struggling in the lab with equipment and software. He found himself questioning why he had pursued a field in which he didn’t enjoy and became determined to acquire a job within the area of technology and communications. Tuan stated that part of his current position that he enjoys best is, “helping people with their computer frustration; the reason why it is rewarding is not concerning money but in seeing people smile and knowing that I helped alleviate some of their frustration.” Tuan recently acquired a new responsibility to oversee the software utilized primarily by our clinical teams in the communities. Tuan was an integral part in expanding the partnership we currently have with RF Technologies (RFT) and took to this task with ease. With the transition he has accomplished upgrading the existing system to provide the latest in wireless life safety solutions for our residents. The results of his efforts in this undertaking will help to continue to keep our residents safe and our associates will have more trust in their technology simply by understanding the capabilities and how it can benefit them in their roles to promote top-level care. We were interested to know, as hectic as life can become, especially when technical issues arise, how Tuan remains focused to take on the day. He explained that he deals with the critical problems first. The ability to prioritize what’s vital versus what’s not has been a skill to master. In his role, he has to take into account the global perspective of a problem and how it will potentially ripple effect. By this he explains that one issue at a community level can affect the associate’s ability to complete their job, thus impacting the resident’s experience. He believes in taking ownership personally and finding the root of the problem. This allows him to seize the opportunity to teach and coach someone through their concern ultimately empowering them to get resolution and knowledge for the next time it may arise. Tuan highlights that receiving the role, from our President, to provide oversight on the life safety programs and the implementation of them makes all the difference for him. Planning is the most essential part of success no matter what project we are working on. Tuan looks forward to executing accordingly and effectively the existing programs in our upcoming Santa Rosa and Vallejo communities while striving to research the expansion of new innovations that can serve our residents and associates.   “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” ~Estee Lauder Read more

Resident Spotlight - Wilma "Lee" Street

Meet Carlton Senior Living's spotlight resident Lee Street - Wilma "Lee" Street was born on April 4, 1938 to parents August and Dollie. Lee moved to California in September of 1964 because she fell in love with the state and her brother was going to law school in San Francisco. As she was growing up she really valued friendship over the years especially with how she maintained them while living in two different states. Lee’s first job was as a babysitter then went on to become a medical transcriber for Kaiser Permanente. A fun fact about Lee is that her family owns an eight lane bowling alley in Kinde, Michigan. Lee has a daughter and two grandchildren who make her very proud. The most influential people in her life are her daughter and nephew because they have always had a positive attitude and motivate her to take care of herself. Lee favorite scent is gardenia and Chanel number five. Her favorite movie is "The Shawshank Redemption" because of the storyline and how the actors are so in the roles they are playing. She enjoys playing tennis and wishes she still could but now she just watches it on the television. When it comes to music she enjoys all types of genres just not super loud music. Her favorite color is blue and she enjoys the fall season with the leaves changing. One of her favorite trips was going on a Scandinavian cruise and getting to see different cities. People may be surprised to learn that Lee moved to Carlton Senior Living Concord after having a fall in her home. She happily calls Carlton her home and has made many friends in the community. Since her fall, she has taken preventative measures to prevent future incidents including being aware of her surroundings and remaining physically active. Lee would like to be remembered kind and loving person. She describes herself as being happy, laid back and lucky. Lee's proudest moment would have to be becoming a mother and grandmother because her family brings so much joy to her life. Her biggest hope is for her grand-kids to be happy and find success in what they like to do. Lee admires all people for all the good they do for others. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Melissa Alvarez     Read more

Carlton Senior Living Careers

We’re looking for inspired, exceptional candidates to be part of our legendary “culture of care.” The growing Carlton team has long-term career opportunities available in resident care, dining, housekeeping, activities, maintenance and management.

If you enjoy working with people, and are looking for a place to start or grow your career, we hope you’ll consider joining Carlton Senior Living.