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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.”


Our Mission

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


Service Principles

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

San Leandro Senior Apartments and Assisted Living

Carlton Senior Living San Leandro 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 like practicing their short game on the putting green, meditating in the Zen Garden or day trips to the many local shops and restaurants. Carlton Senior Living San Leandro’s Executive Director, with 24 years of senior living experience and 15 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 100% of our family members would recommend us. (Formerly known as Carlton Plaza of San Leandro)

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“Everyone is helpful and caring. It is such a relief that my mom is taken care of at Carlton’s Memory Care. I never worry about her care or well being and she is happy when I visit. Thank you all!” – Alice C.

From the Carlton Senior Community Blog

Resident Spotlight- Sue Bolender

Meet Carlton Senior Living resident spotlight- Sue Bolender. Sue was born in 1940 in San Francisco, California to Leslie and Elizabeth Stocker. Her father served in the military and her mother was a bookkeeper and an accountant. In her youth, Sue lived in Marin County as well as Hawaii where her father was stationed during his time in the service. After her father’s service ended, the family returned to Marin County and her parents eventually divorced when she was 8 years old. As a child, she also lived on her grandparent’s 50-acre salt marsh north of Novato with her cousins who were English colonials from China. In eighth grade, she moved to Petaluma in Sonoma County. As a young adult, Sue attended college at the University of California, Berkeley. At age 59, she returned to college and received her degree from Dominican University of California in San Rafael after which she began her 11-year career as a Resource Teacher. During her marriage, Sue lived in Washington, Los Angeles, Portland and eventually settled in Orinda where she raised her daughter, Betsey, and son, Rush. Sue has had many interests and hobbies over the years including hiking, boating, camping and volunteering. As a girl, she was taught to read music by her grandmother and also learned to play a little piano. She enjoyed ballet as a child and as an adult, she also took up belly dancing, ballroom dancing and tennis. Sue has a bit of an adventurous side and in more recent years, for her 65th birthday, she had taken a vacation which include a scuba diving course and she even went swimming with sharks without the security of a cage. Over time Sue has also been involved in a garden club, swim club, friendship circle and has also acted as a Mary Kay consultant. In 2013 she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. She retired in 2014 and underwent shoulder surgery that same year after which time she moved to Carlton Senior Living Concord. She now lives at Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill where she spends her free time reading, listening to music and visiting with her four grandchildren. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Patrick Coleman, Personal Expressions Manager at Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill   Read more

"Why I Walk"

"Why I Walk" Deanna Wong It all started with my mom casually sharing with me that my dad was changing and his behavior was “different” than it used to be. It was just little things: instead of paying at the cash register he would open up his wallet so my mom could pull out his money, or instead of ordering at a restaurant, he would just have the same thing my mom was having. But these little things eventually started to add up to a bigger picture. My father was a proud man and was amazingly adept at hiding his symptoms. With him, there was never an acknowledgement that there was anything wrong, and certainly no openness to seeking diagnosis or treatment. This made everything extraordinarily hard, as we watched him decline and struggle, but we were unable to seek treatment without his consent. To say that we were unprepared for our journey with Alzheimer’s is an understatement. As my father’s cognitive skills declined more, he became more confused, dependent, and needy. It became unbearable for my mom as she struggled to shoulder the burden of 24/7 care taking. She lived in a constant state of anxiety and stress, and became depressed at her circumstances. I began worrying more about my mom’s well-being than my father’s. The turning point for us came after, in a move of desperation, I convinced my mom to attend an Alzheimer’s support group with me. Coming from an Asian culture, talking about our feelings to a group of strangers was the last thing we wanted to do in the middle of our crisis, but our desperation for help was enough motivation to try. As we went around the circle sharing, I heard the stories of the people around me and I recognized my family’s story in all of them. These people were struggling with so many of the same issues that we were experiencing. By the time it was our turn to share, we found ourselves crying and sharing the burdens that we had been silently shouldering. We learned so much that day, as the people in the group shared recommendations on programs and services we should explore. It gave us hope that things could get better. The best thing that came from that experience was that we learned how to ask for help and not carry the burden alone. We called the Alzheimer’s Association helpline when we had situations that we had no idea how to deal with. We reached out to resources to find relief for my mom: first to explore daycare, and eventually to find a memory care facility in which we would eventually move my dad to. Coming to the decision to move my dad out of his home was one of the most stressful things I have ever experienced, but my dad received wonderful care from the people at Carlton at Poet’s Corner, and I know that this decision ultimately saved my mom. So why do I volunteer with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee? Because I hope that by sharing my experience I can help others the same way that others helped us when we needed it. Alzheimer’s can be a very isolating disease for caretakers, so it’s important for people to know that there is a community of people out there that understands what they are going through. I Walk because I truly believe in the programs that the Alzheimer’s Association provides and I am living proof that they work. I know there will be an end of Alzheimer’s disease, but until that day comes, we need to support the programs that support families, caregivers, and those living with the disease today. Please join me in this fight for a world without Alzheimer’s. A special thank you extended to Deanna for sharing her passion, her commitment and her story with us.  To find out more of why Deanna walks so that other caregivers also receive support, we invite you to read more about Deanna's story and her connection to the East Bay Walk to End Alzheimer's.  Check out the upcoming East Bay Area 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's to learn more information on how you can get involved and talk a walk with us! The walk will be on Saturday October 26th at Bishop Ranch in San Ramon.  Read more

Resident Spotlight- Ernie Silva

Meet Carlton Senior Living Spotlight- Ernest “Ernie” Silva Jr. Ernie was born on September 29, 1930 to parents Ernest Sr. and Eva. He was born in a two-story water-tank house in Hayward, California, on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay. Ernie was one of four children. He had one brother, James, and two sisters, Scharlene and Lorraine, who went by Dolly. He and his siblings were very close. He fondly remembers swimming together in an irrigation pond that his father built. Ernie served in the Air Force for four years during the Korean War, reaching the rank of Buck Sergeant First Class. He completed basic training in San Diego and the Mojave Desert and was then stationed at George Air Force Base about 75 miles northeast of Los Angeles. After leaving the Air Force, Ernie became a carpenter. Ernie and his late wife, Mary, had three wonderful children together: Cindy, Ernie III, and Scharlene. His son, Ernie III, lives in Davis and frequently visits his dad at Carlton. Ernie has lived at Carlton for two and a half years. In his spare time Ernie was a pigeon trainer. He raced pigeons for the Hayward Pigeon Club. His favorite part about pigeon racing was winning! For a short time, in his mid-20s, he played the trumpet professionally. He continued to play the trumpet until about a year ago. He loves listening to jazz. One of his favorite artists is Harry James, a trumpet player and big band leader. In high school Ernie was the catcher on his high school’s baseball team. He still loves watching baseball and watches many of the Major League baseball games. He roots for both the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s. Ernie also enjoyed cycling. There were no specific places that he would ride his bike, he just liked to go out and explore. Ernie’s favorite food is either pancakes or waffles. His favorite desserts include vanilla ice cream, carrot cake, and apricot pie. He loves Coca-Cola (and sometimes a Coke float!) and a nice glass of chilled white wine. He loves the smell of flowers and enjoys simply talking to people. Ernie describes himself as musical and as someone with a good sense of humor. He most admires his father, Ernest Sr., who knew how to do everything. Ernie’s dad had a twelve-acre apricot orchard and from the young age of twelve he helped his dad on the farm. Ernie loved working with his father, who was a genuinely good man. Ernie’s life philosophy is to "take care of yourself and make yourself happy!" View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Ben Slade, Resident Liaison at Carlton Senior Living Davis Read more

Resident Spotlight- Alan Coffey

Meet Carlton Senior Living Spotlight- Alan Coffey. Alan was born in Washington, D.C. and served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He became very knowledgeable about Russian anti-aircraft weaponry and as a result was loaned to the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force as a trainer. Alan likes to joke that he couldn’t teach them anything, but they taught him how to drink scotch whiskey and play darts! As a result of his knowledge of anti-aircraft weapons, Alan served as a consultant to Boeing while living in Wichita, KS. At his wife Bev’s urging, Alan and his family relocated to California where he eventually found work as a police dispatcher for Santa Clara County, and then later as a Probation Officer and finally as the Director of Probation and Rehabilitation. In fact, another one of our Carlton Senior Living San Jose residents, Joe Rodriguez was one of his probation officers! In addition to his work with the police department, Alan taught criminal justice classes and published 17 books on the subject. Because of his knowledge base, Alan was sought out as a consultant by actor and producer Jack Webb, creator of “Dragnet.” He also served as President of the Strategic Air Command Proud Alumni Society. After retiring in 1985, Alan and his beloved wife Bev enjoyed traveling and playing golf. Since moving into Carlton Senior Living San Jose, Alan now spends a lot of his time visiting with his wife during his days. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Mander Farrell, Personal Expressions Manager at Carlton Senior Living San Jose community. Read more

Resident Spotlight- Dorothy Stewart

Meet Carlton Senior Living resident spotlight- Dorothy Stewart. Dorothy was born in Corning, CA to John & Jessie Fox in 1932 and has three siblings, Earl, Edyth and Albert. Her family had olive ranches. Dorothy’s father worked for Standard Oil supplying gas to farmers. She used to help her father by checking the levels in the gas tank of the rig. She would climb up the truck’s ladder and then look into the tank and let her father know how much gas was left inside. After graduating high school, in 1950, she moved to Sacramento to attend Sacramento City College for two years while majoring in General Education and Business. In 1957 she married Bill Stewart and they were together until his passing in 2005. Bill & Dorothy have four daughters, Jenny, Kristen, Jill and Pam and a bonus daughter, Laura. All of her daughters live in Sacramento, but all of her extended family lives out of town. Dorothy is a great friend. She and a friend went to interview at Mcclellan Air Force Base for the payroll department, she got the job but her friend didn’t, so she turned down the job. After telling the friend’s mother about that, her friend’s Mom told her that she had to go back and take the job, and she did, and Dorothy worked there for 10 years until moving on to another Federal job with the Corps of Engineers, where she also stayed for 10 years. Dorothy decided to try office work at Patterson Travel, and she was so good at her job that they promoted her to the Travel Guide position. As a travel guide she took groups of people to Hawaii and then Dorothy was promoted again to International Travel Guide. She would take groups of 50 people to places like Korea, New Zealand, China and more. She worked for 25 years at Patterson Travel until deciding to retire. Dorothy also traveled for fun with her husband. They traveled to Japan and other places so that Bill could show his Camellias. They belonged to the Camellia Society and were very involved. In fact, every Camellia and Azalea at First Baptist church, where Dorothy served as a moderator, were planted by Bill and Dorothy. Dorothy’s favorite vacation was to Africa, she liked it so much that she went twice. Dorothy started Courtyard Private School with a friend, it began in the church and is now in Downtown Sacramento. In 1997 Dorothy suffered a severe stroke. She had to relearn how to speak, write and identify objects. Dorothy loves that the Carlton is beautiful, has great residents and an extremely loving staff. Her children feel like she is safe here. Dorothy enjoys Fabulous Fitness classes, sun bathing and physical therapy with Dave & Deb. Her favorite food here are the onion rings. Love is Dorothy’s favorite word and because she is so outgoing and loving, she never meets a stranger. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Roiee Dunham, Personal Expressions Manager at Carlton Senior Living Sacramento. Read more

Resident Spotlight- Sylvia Thomas

Meet Carlton Senior Living's resident spotlight- Sylvia Thomas. A second generation American, Sylvia’s parents both immigrated from Prosecco in Northern Italy, the region from which the sparkling wine, AKA “Italian Champagne” is created!  She was born in Akron, Ohio on February 16, 1930 the youngest of four daughters to parents Gelindo and Margaret Ortolano. At the time of Gelindo and Margaret’s immigration economic and political hardships in Italy were motivating factors bringing people to America. Between 1900 and 1915, 3 million Italians immigrated to America, which was the largest nationality of “new immigrants.”  “New Immigration,” refers to the third and largest wave of immigration from Europe and consisted of Slavs, Jews, and Italians. This differs from the “Old Immigration” which consisted of Germans, Irish, British, and Scandinavians that occurred throughout the 19th century. Akron was home to three major tire manufacturing companies which were hiring immigrants, consequently a community of others from Italy developed there.  Gelindo worked for Goodyear Tire for many years but eventually became a cement contractor running his own business. Sylvia says she was spoiled being the baby of the family and had lots of love and attention.  She followed in her older sister’s footsteps and became a dietician graduating from The University of Akron.   This is where she met her husband William Thomas through RooCatholic, a Catholic Student Organization which has been at the University of Akron since 1936. Sylvia was at a dance and cut in to dance with William and things progressed from there!  They were married in December 1950. The couple were blessed with four children who were all born in Ohio.  Daughter Margarite was born in October 1951 followed by son Craig, then Dennis, and finally Mary Rebecca “Becky.” Due to frequent job transfers the family moved around a bit, first to Utah for a time when the children were young.  They spent a lot of time camping and made trips to visit all the National Parks.  In 1969 they moved to Redlands California and the three older children went off to college as they graduated high school.  From there the couple and their youngest child Becky moved to Alaska where William worked as an engineer and Sylvia as an expediter on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS).  Becky stayed in Alaska and continues to live there to this day. TAPS is one of the world's largest pipeline systems which was built between 1974 and 1977, after the 1973 oil crisis caused a sharp rise in oil prices in the U.S.  The pipeline posed a wide range of difficulties for engineers due to the extreme cold and the difficult, isolated terrain.  There were several more transfers and subsequent moves between Texas, California, Alaska, and then back to California, with Bill and Sylvia finally settling in Pleasant Hill. Sylvia has lived at Carlton since April 2018 and can be found participating in Word and Brain Games, group exercise, musical events and playing cards.  She loves to play bridge which she started playing in college and has played all her life and continues today.  Sylvia is very sharp and has a flair for language and is a great asset at group crossword!  She is also an accomplished seamstress and knitter who made all her daughters’ clothing and amazing knitted articles including a beautiful cardigan sweater that she wears.  Sylvia is a fun and friendly addition to our Carlton community. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Mary Ann Ashby, Personal Expressions Assistant at Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill Read more