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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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San Jose Senior Apartments and Assisted Living

Carlton Senior Living San Jose, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, 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, Memory Care, On-Site Nursing, Medication and Diabetic Management. Residents can enjoy participating in various enriching, tailored activities led by our very own CALA Outstanding Department Director recipient. Carlton Senior Living San Jose’s Executive Director, with 37 years of senior living experience and 8 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 Carlton Plaza of San Jose)

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From the Carlton Senior Community Blog

Celebrating Fatherhood: Heartfelt Tributes to Three Special Dads

This Father's Day, JC Paleja, Personal Expressions Manager at Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, asked around to see if any of the adult children who who frequently visit the community would like to write a brief tribute to honor their own fathers. The results are these three heartfelt pieces which you are sure to enjoy: My Dad and His Unwavering Strength I think that all daughters have this idea that their dad is the greatest man in the world from the moment they were born. For me to start in that direction seems like I’d be retelling everyone’s story. So, I decided to skip all the rhetoric and really tell you about this man I call my dad and you call a friend. [caption id="attachment_18321" align="alignleft" width="350"] Jim Loveless with his growing family[/caption] My dad, Jim Loveless was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1929. He joined the Army at the age of 17 years old. He worked after that at two major companies as a Project Engineer until he retired. He is as he seems, honorable and true to what he believes. But there is a side of him that most don’t often get to see. There is a degree of love that he only shares with those that he truly trusts. You must earn this and once given let no man or woman come between his loyalty to you. He will fight to the end for you no matter what it takes out of him. This man has strength beyond his body, which to his chagrin, has now gotten older. His strength comes from within for he has the will to survive no matter how tough it gets. This is not stubbornness but determination that set him apart even when he was in the military. This is where he developed this skill to confront all problems head on and survive no matter what the outcome. That is what keeps him alive to this day. Being a member of his team is an honor and being his daughter more so. I respect this man I call my dad and find that I share many of his attributes. No one can be perfect in this life and he never proposed to be, but he was and will always be the one I look up to. He is the one that think I of when I hear a beautiful orchestra, watch an old-time movie or just sit on a beach somewhere and stare out at the ocean and dream of sailing.  He is the voice in my head telling me to live no matter how hard it gets and the tear that I wipe away each time that I leave after I visit him. Upon everything about this man that I call my dad has done for me and my brother, the one thing that tops it all is that he stayed and was the best dad he could be to us. Good or bad he made the sacrifice to be a dad and take care of his family. This is no small feat for I know now seeing through the eyes of a parent myself. I only wish one thing that I could change when it comes to my dad. I wish I could change the hands of time. For to me the love of family is worth having around forever. Written by Andrea P., daughter of Jim Loveless, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill resident My Father: From Humble Beginning to Successful Career and Family Man [caption id="attachment_18323" align="alignright" width="300"] Stan at his college graduation in 1961 with his second son, Bruce[/caption] Always referring to himself as just a simple farm boy from Southwestern Iowa, Stan Duysen started from humble beginnings and a harsh childhood.  As a young man, Stan forged out on his own, eventually enlisting in the Coast Guard (stationed on San Francisco Bay), then later moving back to Omaha, where he put himself through college in 3 years while starting a family. He went on have a successful career in Real Estate and Banking. [caption id="attachment_18332" align="alignleft" width="300"] An early picture (circa 1969) of Stan with his late wife (my mom) of 57 years, Shirley.[/caption] With a likeable personality, Stan was always known as a total gadfly; one who could converse with anyone, and by the end of an evening would even know your shoe size.  A mover and shaker, and passionate Nebraska Cornhusker fan, he always liked to use the catch phrase of a fellow Cornhusker, Larry the Cable Guy, when he’d tell you to just Get ‘er done. Written by Rob D., son of Stan Duysen, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill resident Jesus' Garden [caption id="attachment_18327" align="alignright" width="300"] Jesus with his freshly planted flowers[/caption] Jesus P. Pineda and his wife, Lucy, always had a love for nature and the outdoors. He and our late mother Lucy, spent their time together with their nine children camping in their favorite place, Yosemite National Park. His daughters wanted to bring his love for nature and the outdoors into the garden at CSL Downtown Pleasant Hill, where he has resided for the past year and half. It was our way of helping our father, to remember the beauty of what he and our mother taught us as young children about the beauty of nature and the outdoors which all of us have embraced and held dear to our hearts and have passed down to our children and their   children and to pass down to generations to come. Thank you Dad and Mom for such a beautiful gift to always remember you by. We love you both so very much. Written by JoAnn P., daughter of Jesus P. Pineda, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill resident             Read another great story written by the daughter of a resident: My Father's Backpacking Legacy Want to submit your own story? Send us an email Read more

Resident Spotlight - Kevin Schwan

Meet Carlton Senior Living's spotlight resident, Kevin Schwan - Kevin was born in Sacramento and was raised in Santa Rosa, California. Growing up, Kevin enjoyed hiking in the hills, swimming and working at his father’s grocery store on the weekends. He fondly recalls that all he cared for was a Coke and a pack of baseball cards as payment for his work. In his youth, Kevin also enjoyed playing baseball, basketball and wrestling in high school and college. After graduating from Sonoma State University, Kevin moved to the Silicon Valley where he worked as an electrical engineer for several companies including Argo Systems for twenty years and Stanford for seven years. Kevin has been a single father since he was 28 and fondly describes his son and daughter as being his pride and joy. At the age of 30, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Kevin has three sisters and there is a lot of talent in the family - He plays the guitar, his father plays the accordion and his brother-in-law has a band. Kevin is a big sports fan and loves the San Francisco Giants. In fact, he has always wanted to see the Giants play in the World Series. One of his friends, a Giants season ticket holder who happens to also have MS, granted Kevin’s wish by inviting him to the World Series a few years ago. Kevin describes it as the experience and adventure of a lifetime. At the Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill community Kevin is known as a good and fun loving friend. He enjoys all of the community activities and outings and is playfully known throughout the building as having “Car 54.” Kevin has a good heart and Carlton associates and residents agree that they really love having him around. Written by Wayne Volkar View additional Resident Spotlight articles.     Read more

"The Kiss" Project

Quarterly Creation Memory Care Projects The Quarterly Creation Project was created at Carlton Senior Living with the intent to offer our residents in the Memory Care communities the opportunity to give and create an interpretation of their own regarding a renowned painting or photograph. This project allows the residents to be more than just a part of the creation, they lead it from beginning discussions, to the interpretation of it and the direction in which they wish to display how they view it. All aspects of the projects are hand crafted or chosen by residents from the people characterized in it or the message of it, each one reflective of that given communities unique viewpoint. For the first quarter of this year, January through March, they were shown the iconic photograph to the right known as either “V-J Day” or “The Kiss” that showcases a photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt portraying a U.S. Navy Sailor grabbing and kissing a stranger, a woman in a white dress, on the Victory over Japan Day in New York City’s Times Square on August 14th, 1945. First up is our Carlton Senior Living San Leandro community memory care took a recent scenic drive to the USS Hornet Boat to experience the culture and history that it has to offer. It was the perfect backdrop to create their interpretation of the quarterly creation image. See below for their experience honoring the image and the historical landmark. Next our Carlton Senior Living Davis community memory care took a SHOT literally at re-creating the image with their own unique photographs of the residents, families and staff. Each photo was carefully chosen and placed over the original image to signify a new creation of their own.           In the northern region our Carlton Senior Living Sacramento community memory care upon seeing the photograph were inspired to find a way to recreate the image. Inquisitive minds wondered what the young sailor and beautiful woman would look like today and they were intrigued to find a way to show a glimpse of that couple as individuals now and to take a step back into that world. Below is their final creation of truly "dressing the part." To the right, our Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove community memory care saw the photo and beyond the couple who is the focus point, the residents wondered what those around the couple were thinking and doing on that historical day. They found a way to bring that vision to life by showcasing the scene with an emphasis on the crowd surrounding, "the kiss."           Below, the residents at our Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill community memory care saw an immediate connection between the photograph and their past lives of love and reminiscing on that emotion. The word and emotion LOVE quickly was identified by the residents to stand for the following; L signified life; their relationships, children, families, O signified living with an open heart; resident’s of different cultural background and resident’s with mixed families, the V signified our veterans and the E signified everlasting; for our residents and loved ones who are no longer with us. When the residents at our Carlton Senior Living Poet's Corner memory care saw the image they didn't understand why we would want to recreate an image that has occurred already and is beautiful in time as it is. Instead they desired to host a "welcome home" party for everyone coming home after the war. A good party means having great food, drinks and social connections. Allowing us a new chance to be thankful to have those around us. The last, but certainly not least creation that we are honored to share is the story that was written by our Carlton Senior Living San Jose community memory care residents. They saw this man and woman, unnamed and unknown and created the story of them meeting, "the kiss" and life after war. We hope you will enjoy reading their story below.... All submissions and content was provided individually by the residents and staff of our memory cares.    Read more

Technology Partnerships & Collaborations

At this year’s California Assisted Living Association, CALA, Spring 2018 Conference a topic of discussion highlighted was the use of technology in Assisted Living and how certain partnerships and collaborations can lead to innovation among generations. Our very own Director of Memory Care Operations, Allison Groves, was asked to discuss this topic alongside Sheri Peifer, Senior Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer at Eskaton as well as Cynthia Williams who works in Operation Services at Kisco Senior Living. We at Carlton Senior Living are pleased to share with you some of the main points from their discussion and highlight the technology partnerships that we have chosen to embark on.  It is important to recognize that the collaborative partnership with any vendor, especially concerning technology, is more profound than just the implementation phase. Throughout the start-up process, it is crucial to understand key components of that journey. During the seminar, the panel discussed how best to lay the foundation for success by introducing the main elements of this process. The pilot process will begin once you have identified the partnerships you hope to work with. It is essential to plan for the implementation by identifying potential challenges that could be faced. One, in particular, is to ensure that you maintain appropriate regulatory compliance throughout the process, by doing so you must consider privacy for the residents, clients, family members and staff. Becoming adaptable to scenarios will benefit you when working with residents and staff. Allowing you to transition with the participants and meet them where they are at is a definite asset to the success of your pilot project. Certain cultural aspects will need to be considered for change and revisions as well. Managing your expectations of the process will help you to evaluate the execution of the project at various stages. Collecting data will assist you in initiating measurements of change that can adapt the program towards potentially increasing participation and modifying technology aspects. Allison Groves shared with us that her goal was to encourage other senior living companies to partner with technology start-ups to help develop products that are specifically designed to meet the resident’s needs. Allison speaks from direct experience having held an instrumental role in implementing two Memory Care tech start-up pilots at Carlton Senior Living: Sensassure and SafelyYou. Sensassure piloted in the Memory Care at our Carlton Senior Living San Leandro community. The device is a sensor that goes on the outside of a brief (adult incontinence product) and alerts the staff when the brief has become soiled. A goal of this innovative product is to help prevent the staff from waking the resident when they do not need continence assistance during the evening hours. The team at Sensassure lived in the community and took the time to connect with our residents, even playing poker with our Assisted Living residents weekly. When Allison had asked Sameer, the lead on the Sensassure team, what the most significant benefit of working with Carlton in the early stages of development was, the response was direct yet thoughtful; “it helped us build the RIGHT product, not just A product.” Our second pilot,SafelyYou, was implemented in the seven memory care communities for Carlton Senior Living, which began in 2017 in our Davis community. During the studies, motion-activated cameras were placed in the rooms of the participants and footage from the cameras were reviewed when a fall had been recorded to assess the situation and to evaluate the cause of each fall. Having the opportunity to observe falls that may have otherwise gone unwitnessed offered Carlton associates and the UC Berkeley Research Team an understanding of how and why each fall occurred and allowed for preventative measures to be put in place to help lower the risk of future falls. George, lead on the SafelyYou team shared his viewpoint on the project, “For the assisted living industry to see solutions that really meet their needs companies must step forward and work with start-ups in the early stage or these companies won’t survive to develop products for the industry.”Carlton Senior Living was honored to be one of those companies to SafelyYou. Read more

My Father's Backpacking Legacy

While still a young father, Herb Sontag dreamed of the day when his family would be old enough to backpack with him. Our dad saw it as the perfect family vacation: a chance to admire the great outdoors, carry everything you need to survive on your back, and bring the family closer together without the distractions of everyday life. [caption id="attachment_18240" align="alignright" width="450"] Herb and JoAnne Sontag, surrounded by children and grandsons (1985)[/caption] In anticipation of that future day, he took classes on backpacking, read books such as Colin Fletcher’s The Complete Walker (the Backpacking Bible), and went on some practice trips. When his three children reached an appropriate age, the preparations began, and we excitedly watched as our parents spent hours sewing our own down sleeping bags and jackets. We went on a family field trip to purchase child-sized backpacks from a factory, and we were outfitted with good boots for hiking. After our first successful backpacking trip, we went at least once every summer, sometimes squeezing in a trip over Labor Day weekend that had us returning the evening before school started. We would often leave for the mountains after work, timing our trip with a full moon so that we could hike for a few miles before “bivouacking” by the side of the trail. Other times we would camp at the trailhead (which helped with getting acclimated) so that we could get an early start the next morning. On one particularly memorable trip, we hiked 50 miles through Yosemite National Park. Our favorite moments backpacking were going the whole day without encountering another person; finding the perfect campsite with good drainage, close water source and a nice view; anticipating an approaching storm and setting up camp before it hit; getting to the top of a pass, enjoying the spectacular view and then settling down for a much anticipated lunch and rest. On one backpacking trip, lightning struck a nearby tree with a deafening BOOM, causing the ground to shake and tree bark to rain down upon us. (All these years later we still have a souvenir piece of that bark proudly on display!) Another time, we got caught in a snowstorm (in August!) and spent much of the night knocking the snow off our tents to keep them from collapsing. We concluded every backpacking trip with dinner at a Mexican restaurant where we recounted our adventures over chips and salsa. While we ate, dad would document our favorite experiences on a paper placemat. Herb’s enthusiasm for backpacking created many lifelong memories for his children. And now, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren are creating their own wonderful memories in the mountains. You can be sure that they are grateful for their “Opa” and think about him on every trip! Written by Heidi B., loving daughter of Herb Sontag. When you see Herb at Carlton's Downtown Pleasant Hill community, be sure to ask him about his many backpacking adventures! Read more

Thinking Outside of the "CAN"

  “Food is not just fuel. Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity, and we nourish all those things when we eat well.” - Michael Pollan It is inevitable that when someone thinks of dining in Senior Living communities, they undoubtedly face the stigma of that experience. For some, they may feel the food is boring or bland, and for others, they believe it often is overcooked and uninspired. This stigma was the driving force that inspired both Chefs to expand their knowledge and expertise and broaden the senior palette by introducing dishes that offer new innovative flavors and ingredients. There are five central areas that you “CAN” focus on concerning the dining experience and transitioning your kitchen into a “from scratch” kitchen; food, service, engagement, design, and innovation. With these five components, it is essential to understand the current trends of the culinary industry and how these can be appropriately adapted to fit the senior living dining experience. Expanding the menu allows you to offer an abundance of choices instead of limiting the options to a select entrée list. Previously it was popular to utilize corporate menus for meal planning however the current trend is to maintain an individual chef-designed menu. Why is that you ask? For starters, canned and frozen food is a thing of the past! Cooking with fresh and seasonal food keeps us ahead of the trend to satisfy those advanced cravings. Let’s face the facts when you prepare with real food you can expect real benefits! Elevating the dining experience to meet the restaurant style dining expectation helps to create an inviting atmosphere that residents and their families will desire. Presentation, as in most everything, is critical. When you dine out you don’t expect to use paper and plastic utensils which is why you won’t see that in our dining rooms; the tables are adorned with fresh, clean linens, cloth napkins, and silverware. Setting the tone is important as well, light music and classy yet straightforward seasonal décor can enhance the theme and ambiance of the overall space. Finally, but indeed the most crucial aspect is the service aspect of the culinary experience. The dining at meals for seniors should not include self-service, this being said, Chef Andrew and Chef Rina highlighted the importance of taking the “self” out of “service.” From the moment you initially walk into the dining room, you should be able to expect to be greeted and seated and have ample time to review the menu before the orders are taken for beverages and food. Once the food has been delivered, it is courtesy to maintain what we call a “2 bites check back” which allows the server to ensure that the meal measures up to the resident's expectations and if it doesn’t, help to correct by substituting another entrée option of their choosing. Consistent and appropriate timing to table bus allows the residents and their families and peers to continue visiting without a distraction of plates. Remember that it is appropriate and important to offer dessert with the accompaniment of either coffee or tea to help conclude the meal. Chef Andrew, from Carlton Senior Living Davis, has a culinary background rich in culture and diversity. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in 2006. Upon graduation, he went on to pursue a year of advanced studies from the Sichuan Institute of Higher Learning in Chengdu, China in 2007. He joined the Carlton Senior Living family in 2014 and continued to grow and expand his reach in the culinary field explicitly concerning the senior living dining experience. Chef Rina, a three-time Food Network champion, graduated in 2006 from the San Diego Culinary Institute. Since beginning her career with Oakmont Senior Living in 2013, she has continued to grow within the company and currently holds the role of Senior Regional Director of Culinary. Chef Andrew Moret and Chef Rina Younan collaborated on this presentation for this year’s 2018 Spring California Assisted Living Association (CALA) Conference. The focus of the presentation was to challenge the status quo of Senior Living dining one idea at a time. Content for this blog article was provided by Chef Andrew Moret and Chef Rina Younan.   Read more

Spotlight Resident - Houston Tuel

Meet Carlton Senior Living's spotlight resident, Houston Tuel - Houston was born August 30, 1922 on a farm in the Red River area of Southern Oklahoma, on the border with Texas. His father, Leslie Frank Tuel, was an oilfield roughneck. His mother, Maudie Leah Pirtle, the daughter of a Methodist minister, raised Houston and his younger brother, Rex. In 1927, his father bought a farm in Oklahoma, growing cotton, feed grains and corn. Two years later, an oil boom in Oklahoma City led his family to move there, though the job didn’t last long, and the family moved to Burkburnett, Texas, a small town on the northern border, and the inspiration for the 1940 Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable movie titled Boomtown. Burkburnett became the family hometown and Houston graduated from high school there in 1939. After graduating high school, Houston took a summer job in Cameron, Louisiana, working on a shrimp dock. He had planned to attend Texas A&M to study journalism, but they unfortunately didn’t offer that degree at the time. With no real plans, Houston boarded a bus to Baton Rouge, where he visited Louisiana State University. Upon being accepted to the university, he was asked by the admissions office which branch of the ROTC he wanted to join. Without any knowledge of the differences, he chose the artillery branch. This would prove a pivotal moment in his life. After graduating LSU, Houston went to Fort Knox in Kentucky to continue his training, becoming an artillery liaison pilot. At this time, he met his wonderful partner, Dottie, whom he would soon marry. Becoming a Second Lieutenant in the Army and a tank gunnery instructor, he was sent to Kansas in 1943 for six months of flying training. He was then deployed to Europe with the 95th Division and flew 37 combat missions. During his tour there, his wife had their first son back home in Texas. After WWII ended, Houston and his family (now with three sons) were stationed in Germany for nearly three years. Returning to the States, it was time to “separate” from the Army, and Houston assumed that to be the end of his military career. However, in a wild turn of events, he was asked to visit the Pentagon, and with the combination of his education and flying experience, was selected to join the Air Force, and enlist in their flying school. Unbelieving of how good his luck with assignments became over the next few years, he says, “I thought I’d died and gone to Heaven!” Houston was deployed to Korea, where he flew 125 combat missions. He was on the “ground floor” of flying the new fleet of jets, including the F-86 Sabre and the F-100 Super Sabre. In 1956, Houston was assigned by the Pentagon to Sacramento, where he eventually completed his military career, retiring as a Colonel. Houston’s three sons and daughter are all currently living in Northern California. Houston calls Carlton Senior Living Davis his home where he enjoys living close to his family. Written by Eric Demuth View additional Resident Spotlight articles.   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.