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

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Davis Senior Apartments and Assisted Living

Carlton Senior Living Davis, the newest Community to our family, 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 educational speaker series and trips to UC Davis sporting events and the Mondavi Center. Carlton Senior Living Davis’s Executive Director, with a decade 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 Davis)

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From the Carlton Senior Community Blog

Resident Spotlight - Jim MacDonald

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Jim MacDonald - Jim was born in Richmond, California on December 1, 1951, to Donald and Joann and is the oldest of five boys. Jim had a great childhood and enjoyed every family activity they had. Since they didn’t have much when he was younger the only thing that was cheap and fun for the family to do was camping. So, camping was one of his favorite activities besides skiing and music. Jim graduated from Contra Costa College with a degree in music. He went to Europe with his friend, Dave, for four months to sightsee and to learn the culture. After his Europe trip, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. He auditioned for plays, from musicals to Shakespeare. He landed a part in a play called “Wait Until Dark.” He thought it was hard, but he had a lot of fun doing it. He eventually moved back to Richmond, California to manage his own restaurant called the Victorian Oak House in Scotts Valley. He owned it for about 9 years and also met his wife, Denise, at the restaurant. Denise is the love of his life. He even wrote a song to sing to her at their wedding. Jim played music every weekend and had bands play for certain events like birthdays at the restaurant. Since moving to the Carlton Senior Living Sacramento - Enhanced, he’s been really happy. He says the food is good and he appreciates the staffs that have been helping him out. He loves all of the entertainment and looks forward to every happy hour. View additional Resident Spotlight articles.   Read more

National Wear Your Pearls Day

At Carlton Senior Living we believe in our philosophy, "live your life." Our residents take the time daily to honor that philosophy for themselves be it playing a game of Wii, taking in a game of cards with friends or enjoying a fresh baked cookie from our community cafes. However you choose to "live your life" be sure to do it in style.                                                                                                    I know most people think of “wisdom” when they think of pearls. I however, think of “love” when I look at my grandmother Nona’s pearls. My Nona and Nono spent 50 years together, each year filled with unfailing love for one another in our local Crockett, CA. They raised two wonderful boys, my dad Gregory and my late Uncle Robert. Their romance started at the C & H Factory when my Nono first saw my Nona passing by and asked my great uncle, “Who is that woman? I am going to marry that woman!” Although we lost my Nono when I was 12, his love for my Nona and family is still one I hear about. I had the privilege of spending a good amount of time with my Nona in her later years, especially while she was living at Carlton and I was working there. She spoke of my Nono “Johnny” all of the time. How he spoiled her, how he called her 3 times a day from work at the C & H Factory and took her wherever she wanted to go. My Nona also felt it was very important to tell us, their 6 grandchildren, how very much he loved us. Their love was a true love that filled their worlds. My Nona joined my Nono in heaven 8 years ago. Yet, not a moment goes by that every time I open her gold Lady Buxton jewelry box and pull out her pearls, or any other item my Nono gifted her, I am reminded of true love. ~Shared by Jessica Arnold, Vice President of Resident Relations         The actual definition of a pearl itself is a hard glistening object that is produced within the soft tissue of a living shelled mollusk. When I see my late grandmother Selma’s pearl earrings I am reminded of her struggle receiving an incurable diagnosis of breast cancer and the beautiful soul that remained steadfast until she passed. I never had the opportunity to meet the extraordinary woman my mom, aunt and uncle speak of, yet, with each passing year I truly believe that I understand more about the person she was and the journey she led by the stories they share. She remained, as my mom recalls, diligently focused on her children, their lives and the role she held in each of them. My grandmother, like so many others, adored the holiday time, Christmas being her favorite. It is during this season, that each year we take time to reflect on her life, the impact she made for those she met and those of us she didn’t have the chance to meet and the belief she held for a better tomorrow. The unfailing strength that she held within her heart reminds me of a pearl, how no matter what storm weathers the outside of the mollusk it remains focused on creating the layers of beauty within. I will never be able to see a pearl and not be reminded of the strength it takes to be created and the beauty it extends for all to see. ~Shared by Jessica Beck, Inbound Marketing Specialist Read more

Meet Our Retirement Counselors

During this time of year, when life is filled with the “holiday spirit” we find opportunities in which we can express our thankfulness for the people and moments that matter most. At Carlton Senior Living we believe this spirit is a way of life that we strive to express throughout the entire year. For all of us, it is a matter of feeling thankful for the opportunity to extend our hand to help others. Our Retirement Counselors, who we are fortunate enough to employ, simply enjoy helping others and it is evident in their daily interactions with our amazing residents, their families and our associates. They believe in “showing up” to be present and to honor the individual and their situation. It is through this connection and understanding that a friendship is formed and the process begins. It is our hope that we can remain a steady and strong asset to help offer guidance through the process of helping our residents and their families find the right fit at the right time for them. At Carlton Senior Living we feel privileged to serve our residents in the choices they make and all that they do to follow our philosophy; “live your life.” We believe in fostering this philosophy by consistently upholding our commitments to act with love, honor the value of the individual and provide exceptional service in an environment that fosters dignity, respect and individuality. Should you have any questions regarding a specific Carlton community and what it can offer to you, we invite you to speak with one of our specialists by calling us at 1-800-227-5866 or by selecting the live chat option on our main website. With extended gratitude as we near the end of 2018 we wish you and your loved ones a very special holiday season and a happy new year to come! Read more

Resident Spotlight - Elaine Anderson

Meet Carlton Senior Living's spotlight resident, Elaine Anderson - Elaine was born February 6, 1946, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to parents Carl and Marion. She has one older sister, Diane, who also lives in Davis. Her father was secretary and a founding member of Memorex, maker of computer tapes, disk drives, and other computer components. Her mother was a housewife. She also painted watercolors, oil, and acrylics, displaying her art in many fairs and often winning blue ribbons. Her family moved to Burlington, Wisconsin, and at the age of four, Elaine contracted poliovirus, four years before the first successful vaccine was developed. Elaine attended Stephen Bull Elementary School, which had programs for handicapped children. She remembers classmates living with heart disease and cerebral palsy and that she re-learned to walk with the school’s guidance. At the age of nine, her parents moved the family to Palo Alto, California, where her father had taken the position with Memorex in the fledgling Silicon Valley. For the first time, Elaine attended a public school not designed for handicapped students. She recalls, “My mother was more concerned than me about it!” One of Elaine’s favorite life experiences was traveling through the southern states from Florida (where she lived briefly) to California. She also enjoyed riding in the dome observation passenger cars on the railroad with her family as they vacationed throughout the United States. She remembers seeing the beautiful scenery from the trains’ windows. Elaine worked with her husband in Atascadero, north of San Luis Obispo, in a plant nursery for several years, before moving to Davis to be close to her sister. She was hired by the City of Davis as an office assistant and later financial assistant, and retired after nearly 22 years. She was a member of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) committee for the City of Davis, which introduced new infrastructure and laws to allow those with handicaps more and better accessibility to buildings, parks, transportation, and more. She has two children, Jeff and Christine. She says Jeff believes he was strongly influenced by Elaine’s job at the nursery, as he is now a salesman for a wholesale nursery company. Elaine says to be grateful for what you have and is personally grateful for her family. With a great sense of humor, patience and kindness, she would like to be remembered for the friendships she makes. At Carlton Senior Living Davis she enjoys crocheting, ceramics, and other crafts, ‘70s and ‘80s music, and her sister’s violin playing. She also loves listening to Adele. Her favorite meal is a traditional Thanksgiving with all the fixings (“why is this only once a year?!” she asks) and cheesecake for dessert. The person whom she most admires is violinist and music teacher Itzhak Perlman, who also lives with polio, but has overcome its challenges and leads a wonderful and fulfilling life. About Carlton Senior Living, Elaine states that she loves how incredibly patient and friendly the staff are. She is always impressed that they can memorize so many names. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Eric Demuth     Read more

Living with Purpose

"The way to bring about change is to be proactive and active." - Octavia Spencer The transition into late adulthood can carry with it both fear of the unknown and inevitable change. By understanding the physical move itself, we can acknowledge the impact of leaving one’s home and moving into a community and can learn to recognize the adaptation that must take place for the individual. A senior will typically undergo three phases during this process: the overwhelmed phase, the adjustment phase and the initial acceptance phase. Feeling Overwhelmed The overwhelmed phase is best categorized by feelings surrounding one’s self. The senior may process the transition and realize the impact it will have on their lives. The majority of responses in this phase are emotional, such as crying more. Adjusting and Acceptance Once the individual has had a chance to process the move and adopt a sense of acceptance – usually positive – the person adjusts to the reality. During the initial acceptance phase, the resident’s focus shifts from beyond themselves to a sense of overall well-being within the community. As the person becomes open to new social connections with others, they can establish their own way of taking control of their situation. The phases outlined above only provide a basic structure. In some instances, a senior may stay in a particular phase longer than another, can experience a variety of emotions related to the move and may shift between socializing and isolating. A resident care-focused social model allows each individual to be seen and their needs identified. The approach must fit the specific individual rather than fitting the person into a model. Living with Purpose For seniors especially, purposeful living is significant as it provides them a familiar sense of routine in their years of leisure retirement. Whether you’re a professional or a family member who has assumed the caregiver role, it’s important to understand the benefits of your loved one’s maintaining social connections. The advantages range from improved mental and emotional well-being to better overall physical health and everything in between. Socialization enhances mental health by giving seniors a sense of belonging in their new environment. This connection gives them the opportunity to share their experiences and opinions, as well as their life stories, including details about what brought them to the community, anecdotes about their family and what’s important to them. By sharing with others, seniors can evolve emotionally or work to regain any loss of self-esteem. Social engagement in a peer setting supports cognitive functioning. It allows seniors to work together and showcase their ability to collaborate. This engagement helps to facilitate the ongoing drive to learn and share wisdom. “Live Your Life” Carlton Senior Living has confidence in supporting the interaction of our seniors through a social model that is resident care focused. We have partnered with the Live2BHealthy program that supports our focus on the physical benefits of socialization. Live 2BHealthy is a customized fitness program for seniors led by trained fitness professionals. The fitness classes are designed to promote both individual resident and overall group success. They strive to empower our residents through motivational reinforcement which supports a healthy lifestyle change. The classes focus on improving the core balance and strength of the individual to increase mobility independence while maintaining safety. This sense of accomplishment and camaraderie allows our residents the ability to socialize while promoting a positive experience in our community setting. Living our lives with purpose – in our personal or professional worlds – gives us context within which we can move forward and make decisions. Read more

Resident Spotlight - Marie Sawers

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Marie Sawers - You will often find Marie playing her favorite card game Kings in the Corner along with her card playing buddies. If she is not doing that then she’s likely doing her exercises at the Morning Stretch, or playing Balloon Volleyball, or Bingo. Otherwise, she will be crafting away making dozens of crochet items for the annual Carlton Holiday Boutique in December. Not bad for a lady who is ninety-nine years old. Marie Sawers was born on August 8, 1919 in San Jose California, the firstborn of five sisters to Angelina and Salvatore Megna. Her father Salvatore wanted to name her Marie Concetta after his mother, but Angelina, Marie’s mom was not happy about this so she named her Constance. When Marie was baptized they called her Marie Concetta which Marie went by all her life. When she was forty years old she obtained a copy of her birth certificate and finally found out she had been named Constance. Her grandparents emigrated from Sicily and had fruit orchards in Berryessa near San Jose. Marie tells a story of when her grandfather had planted a whole orchard of trees which were all torn out of the ground by the local Mafia because he had refused to pay them. Marie and her sisters all attended St. Patrick’s Catholic School and helped with the rest of the family when it came time to harvest and dry the fruit her grandfather grew. Marie worked in the canneries in the summers as a teen and graduated high school with honors. Marie married her high school sweetheart, Paul Edward Lee shortly after graduation.  They moved to El Cerrito where he worked crafting dinnerware for Tempco Pottery. They were blessed with one daughter, Linda in 1948 who you will often see at Carlton Pleasant Hill visiting her mom. Sadly, Paul passed away at age fifty of a heart attack. Through her grief, Marie realized that she would need to find a job and began working for Montgomery Wards. After five years at the urging of her girlfriends at work, Marie applied for a position as a bank teller for Mechanics Bank which she enjoyed and stayed with for 18 years. It was during her time working at the bank that she met her second husband, John Sawers. While Marie was helping John with his safety deposit at the bank, John invited her out for a date and they went out dancing at the historic Claremont Hotel in Berkeley and the rest, as they say, is history. John was a good father to Linda and a devoted grandfather to her children. Marie and John were married for twenty-seven years when, unfortunately, John was taken due to heart disease. Marie and John had many good years and enjoyed traveling to various destinations throughout the world including Italy, Germany, Istanbul, Japan, and Korea. After John’s passing, Marie continued her travels with her daughter, Linda, who still loves to travel. Marie has special memories of a trip she and John took with their two granddaughters driving to Canada, where John was from, and all the special times they enjoyed together. Marie is an inspiration with her positive outlook and active life. She is clever and quick to find the humor in everyday life and can easily make your day with her warm laughter. We are very fortunate to have Marie as a member of our Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill community. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Mary Ann Ashby     Read more

Have YOU tried Dakim BrainFitness?

Dakim BrainFitness is designed for everyone-from those that are sharp as tacks to individuals with mild cognitive impairment and even those with moderate dementia. And the Dakim BrainFitness System self-adjusts the level of difficulty to match each individual's ability, so it's always challenging and engaging for each and every user, each and every time. Since new content is downloaded regularly, Dakim's "gameologists" are at work night and day developing new and unique exercises. Carlton Senior Living is proud to offer Dakim's BrainFitness program throughout our communities and we encourage everyone to give Dakim a try. Each session only takes about 20 minutes and residents, family members and our associates agree that Dakim BrainFitness is a lot of fun.. There are currently over 125 different types of games available. Here are just a few of our favorites: Famous People, Little Known Facts. Have fun, learn secrets about celebrities like James Cagney and Walter Cronkite while exercising short-term memory. Name That Song. This exercise is literally a trip down memory lane. Everyone has fun hearing old favorites while exercising short-term memory. Aunt Mazie’s Minute Math. Arithmetic was never this entertaining. This exercise strengthens the calculating part of the brain in a lightning round accompanied by the Minute Waltz—which Aunt Mazie is quick to point out is actually a minute and one-half. Scrambled Letters. The language center of the brain is challenged in an exercise that’s a favorite among those who love word games. Phoenician Decoder. Exercises, Language, Short-Term Memory and Critical Thinking in a fun game that will remind you of the days when you had to send in two box-tops and 25¢ to get your own decoder ring. What’s Different? Helps improve visuospatial cognition. Users have to find a unique image among many very similar images. Dakim BrainFitness is easy for anyone to use and can even be used with a friend. And while the program is very entertaining and enjoyable, it gives each user a rigorous and thorough cognitive workout in six cognitive domains (long-term memory, short-term memory, language, computation, visuospatial orientation and critical thinking.) That’s why we say Dakim BrainFitness is grounded in science, based on fun. And Dakim BrainFitness is so enjoyable that seniors look forward to their next session. Ready to get started? Let your Personal Expressions or Programming team in your Carlton community know. You can also try Dakim's BrainFitness Active which is designed for Adults 50+: Try for free right now!   Read more

Carlton's 10 Favorite Gifts for Seniors

Need help finding a gift that the senior in your life will actually use and enjoy? Carlton's Senior Gift-Giving Guide includes our top ten favorites to help make the holiday season merry and bright for all: 10.) Customized Return Address Stamp These customized return address stamps make it easy to keep up on correspondence and are available in a variety of designs from classic to whimsical, and everything in between. Starting at around $10, this practical gift is sure to be put to good use. Pair this with Gift #9 and a book of postage stamps for a thoughtful gift that will help the senior in your life stay connected. Available through Zazzle.   9.) Assorted Everyday Greeting Card Collection Greeting cards are great to have on hand and your loved one will be stocked up for special celebrations and life events—birthdays, weddings, baby showers and more—throughout the year with this set of 24 handmade cards in a convenient organizer box. Pair this with Gift #10 and a book of postage stamps to create a gift collection that will help the senior in your life stay connected to their loved ones. Available through Hallmark.   8.) Goodie-Filled Christmas Stocking Your loved one with delight in the novelty of receiving a goodie-filled Christmas stocking just like when they were a child. Add a peppermint stick, some hard candy, a piece of fruit and a vintage toy for a classic touch. A variety of personalized stockings are available through Pottery Barn.   7.) Cuddl Duds Cozy Soft Throw Blanket A cozy throw blanket is a great way to warm up this holiday season. These machine-washable, ultra-plush throws are available in a variety of classic patterns and colors through Kohl's.     6.) Tickets for Concert, Show or Sporting Event Create new memories with the special person in your life by taking them to a concert, show or sporting event you know they will enjoy. Whether it be the Big Bang performance at the local theater, a major concert tour like Michael Buble or watching the Golden State Warriors in person, Ticketmaster has you covered.   5.) Offer a trip back in time with an "Images of America" book "Images of America" offers a collection of chronicles that capture the essence of what gives each American small town, neighborhood, and downtown its unique flavor. With over 7,800 titles including Golden Memories of the San Francisco Bay Area, Postcard History Series: Oakland, Old Sacramento and Downtown and Port Chicago, each volume is like a dedicated time capsule just waiting to be explored. Check out more great titles   4.) Fan-Friendly Sports Apparel Sports fans will love showing their team spirit with apparel from Fanatics. As an official partner of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR, this one-stop sports shop offers a huge selection of gifts for all of your favorite professional and college teams. Available through Fanatics.     3.) Personalized Photo Book Give a book filled with memories. Easy to make within minutes, these personalized photo books start at around $16 and allow you to include up to 1,000 photos in a single book. Many other customizable gift items are also available including calendars, mugs, bags, blankets and more. Available through Shutterfly.     Tech Picks from Tuan Nguyen, Carlton's Vice President of Technology     2.) Echo Spot Smart Display with Alexa Echo Spot is designed to fit anywhere in the home and easily connects to Alexa by voice-command to play music, read the news, answer questions set music alarms, and more. Call almost anyone hands-free, or make video calls to family and friends who also have an Echo Spot, Echo Show or the Alexa app. Available today from Amazon for around $90 (regularly $129.99). 1.) All-new Echo Show with Premium Sound and  Vibrant 10.1" HD Screen For those love to cook, read, or listen to music, Echo Show is the best. Seniors will enjoy a bigger screen versus the Echo Spot, Gift #2, which is more compact. Watch live TV, listen to music, make video calls and more with this smart device complete with Alexa voice-command. Available today from Amazon for around $180 (regularly $229.99).     Keep in mind the best gift can sometimes be the simplest to give - the gift of our presence and being reminded that we love them. Spending time with family and visiting senior loved ones offers huge benefits for their overall health and emotional well-being. Read Why Visiting Loved Ones Keeps Them Young and Happy   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.