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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.

Our Memory Care

“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 - Harriett Burt

Resident Spotlight - Harriett Burt

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Harriett Burt - Harriett was born in 1940 in East Oakland, California to Harold and Jean Burt. Her father attended Chico State University and was a school principal in Ashland, California but he felt he could not raise his family well on such an income. He ultimately decided to enlist in the U.S. Army but was denied due to colorblindness and instead became a welder for the shipyards in Oakland. In 1947, the Burt's welcomed a son and both children were raised in El Cerrito. Harriett was considered to be very bright in her youth but chose to focus on activities other than her studies. At El Cerrito High School, she was the Student Body Officer and Editor of the school newspaper. After graduating high school, Harriett was persuaded to attend Cal Berkeley as was tradition in her family for three generations. After deciding to become a teacher, she transferred to Fresno State University and graduated in 1962 with a degree in Social Sciences. Harriett was interviewed and hired as a teacher at Martinez Junior High to replace Mary Gillespie, an established teacher of 42 years and “an icon” in the district. She enjoyed the challenge of teaching and worked on classroom control using positive reinforcement. Harriett taught in Martinez from 1962 to 1980 and became President of the Teacher’s Association during the time period when Carlton resident John Searles was Superintendent of the district. Harriett also began writing for the Martinez News-Gazette in 1969 and continued to write during the holidays and summers through the 1970s. During her final two years at the junior high school, she was hired as Vice Principal and, by her second year in the role, she was able to successfully teach classroom control after attending an Assertive Discipline workshop. Rather than returning to teaching in the classroom, Harriett contacted Lee Canter, creator of the Assertive Discipline Program to discuss how she felt she could present and promote the program. Starting in 1980, Harriett spent the next 14 years traveling the country and throughout Canada promoting and teaching Assertive Discipline. She also worked as a full-time writer for the Martinez News-Gazette until 1990. Harriet or "Ms. Martinez" as she has affectionately been called for years, is certainly a fixture in the community. Whether she is emceeing a local parade or coordinating events like Martinez Art Association's "Art in the Park," Harriet continues to give back to the community. Taking on many different roles over time, she has also served on the City Council, was a member of the Parking Place Planning Commission, was the first female president of the Martinez Boys and Girls Club, and has been president of Martinez AAUW, Martinez Soroptimist Club and the Martinez Education Association. What's more, Harriett has also volunteered with the Martinez Historical Society and the Contra Costa County History Center. We are very pleased to have such an esteemed member of the community as a resident of Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill.     View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Patrick Coleman     Read more

Resident Spotlight - Jeannette MacDonald

Resident Spotlight - Jeannette MacDonald

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Jeannette MacDonald - Jeannette was born on July 8, 1938 in Glendale, California to Mary Louise and Malcolm MacDonald. She was raised in the town of Eagle Rock, in northeast Los Angeles. Jeannette has one brother, Malcom, who is two years younger than her. When they were children, they loved to run around barefoot in the foothills, “where there were snakes, ticks, and poison oak.” One of Jeannette’s most memorable moments from her childhood was learning to ride a horse. She began taking riding lessons when she was seven and she adored every opportunity she had to ride. She even had her own horse, Poof, for many years. The name “Poof” was inspired by a deodorant company at the time. Jeannette attended Eagle Rock High School, and she says, “I did not like high school. There were some parts that I liked, but generally, school was not for me.” Although both her parents were heavily into mathematics, Jeannette loved working with her hands. As an adult, Jeannette has lived in quite a few places outside California, including Alabama, New Hampshire, and West Pennsylvania. Living in New Hampshire was one of her favorite life experiences. She loved its interesting history and that its small size made traveling easy. She has traveled throughout the western states. Her favorite vacation was a trip to New Mexico and Arizona that she took with her son. They stopped to see the areas where the Navajo tribes lived. Jeannette spent two years in the U.S. Army with the Military Police. The Army Military Police (MP) serve as the Army's law enforcement and security specialists by patrolling Army installations and supporting Soldiers during operations. She met her former husband, Charles Guest, while she was in the service, and she reflects fondly that “those were the days.” Together she and Charles had three children: Cynthia, her late son William, and Edward, the youngest. Together they moved back to California and lived on her parents’ ranch. Charles’ job fell through in West Pennsylvania and Jeannette did not enjoy the dangers of living in the snow. Charles was able to find work in California, making it their new home. Jeannette also worked as a courier and a school bus driver. Throughout her life, Jeannette has had many pets, including a menagerie of cats, dogs, snakes, fish, chickens, a horse, and a pony. Her most memorable pet was a white, wolf-like dog named Blizzard. Before her son William passed away, Blizzard would always bark to wake him up in time for work, except on Sundays, which Blizzard knew was the day to rest and sleep in. Jeannette describes herself as, “stand-offish, grumpy, (she laughs), and happy.” She most admires former President Barack Obama, as he was, “a dang good president. He came in when things were bad and left at the best time.” Jeannette’s life philosophy is to, “live and let live.” She suggests that others, “enjoy life as much as you can with what you have. If you are able to do more, than fine, just don’t go knocking your head in and waste your own energy.” She enjoys hard rock, opera, and blues music and her favorite band is Deep Purple. She loves British mystery movies. She generally loves dinner and her favorite dessert is black bottom pie. Her favorite scent is a perfume called White Shoulders. Here at Carlton Senior Living Davis her favorite thing is the atmosphere, as the “people are very kind and helpful.” View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Ben Slade, Resident Liaison at Carlton Senior Living Davis     Read more

Baking Pumpkin Bread in Sacramento

Baking Pumpkin Bread in Sacramento

  Residents of Carlton Senior Living Sacramento enjoyed baking (and eating) this delicious Pumpkin Bread from Once Upon a Chef during a recent pumpkin-themed celebration. Everyone worked together to prepare the recipe and while it baked, residents painted festive pumpkins. The reward for their efforts was two perfect loaves of pumpkin bread which they shared with their Memory Care neighbors. Pictured here are our diligent bakers, Dot, Yuri and Fred.   Pumpkin Bread Recipe Servings: Makes 2 loaves Prep Time: 20 Minutes Cook Time: 65 Minutes Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes INGREDIENTS 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1-1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened 2 cups sugar 2 large eggs 1 15-oz can 100% pure pumpkin (I use Libby's) INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 325°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Generously grease two 8 x 4-inch loaf pans with butter and dust with flour (alternatively, use a baking spray with flour in it, such as Pam with Flour or Baker's Joy). In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk until well combined; set aside. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until just blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until very light and fluffy, a few minutes. Beat in the pumpkin. The mixture might look grainy and curdled at this point -- that's okay. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until combined. Turn the batter into the prepared pans, dividing evenly, and bake for 65 – 75 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the loaves cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Fresh out of the oven, the loaves have a deliciously crisp crust. If they last beyond a day, you can toast individual slices to get the same fresh-baked effect.   Visit Jenn Segel's "Once Upon a Chef" website for more tested and perfected recipes and to sign up for her weekly recipe newsletter: https://www.onceuponachef.com/ Check out more recipes for our Carlton communities.   Read more

Resident Spotlight - Ron Charles Willis

Resident Spotlight - Ron Charles Willis

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Ron Charles Willis. Every-so charming, Ron was born in Fresno, California and raised in Sacramento. He was married twice; first in 1961 for about 16 years, they had 2 kids together named Jennifer and Michael. Ron and his second wife Gerry, who recently passed, were married for 46 years. Ron has two stepchildren named Jennifer and Jeremy and has a total of 7 grandchildren. Ron had several careers over time: He was an ordained Southern Baptist minister, a senior staff member for the United States Congress, he was a lobbyist at George Washington University and a private lobbying consultant. He loved everything about the several roles he played in his life, especially being able to talk to legislators about bills and felt like he was making a difference for the people. He once spent five years on a bill, trying to persuade legislators for assistance. Ron has traveled to many countries around the world. He fell in love with Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Out of all the traveling destinations, his favorite is Vietnam. He thought it was so beautiful, especially the old buildings that are still standing, considering that most of the old buildings were wiped out by the bombings. Ron’s hobbies are writing, music, and, of course, as many know already, dancing. He once wrote a book called “A View from the Streets” that was about his time going after runaways in Haight-Ashbury. Ron also wrote song lyrics for a dear friend of his. The best ways to describe Ron are deep, critical thinker, existential, and honest. Some advice from Ron to new residents is to celebrate your life to the fullest, enjoy being in the present, and don’t be shy. There is plenty to do at Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove; it is just a matter of choosing what you like to do. Ron’s favorite thing at Carlton is everything! Ron enjoys the music, dancing, and wine. Most importantly, he is relieved because he doesn’t have to worry about so much and his family is happy. He loves the social environment, joyful staff, and the friendly residents. View additional Resident Spotlight articles.   Read more

2019 Innovator of the Year Bronze Award Recipient

2019 Innovator of the Year Bronze Award Recipient

The 2019 McKnight’s Technology Awards competition endeavors to acknowledge contributors in the Senior Living industry who have employed technology in the effort to increase the quality of life for their residents. All entries for this extremely competitive contest were judged by an independent panel of senior living and skilled nursing experts. To be chosen as one of the honorees is both a notable accomplishment and feat in advancing the knowledge and utilization of technology in Senior Living. Carlton Senior Living is honored to be presented with the prestigious Bronze Award for Innovator of the Year in the 2019 McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards competition. We are recognized as Innovator of the Year for the pioneering technology surrounding the SafelyYou program, which allows senior communities to see often precisely what has happened when a fall has occurred in the apartment of a resident. Not only does the technology enable the community to determine the root cause of the fall, but it also supports our ability to act immediately, thus preventing a recurrence. Within the SafelyYou program, the embedded artificial intelligence only records and sends an alert when a fall has been detected with a high degree of certainty, mitigating privacy concerns, and maintaining the resident's confidentiality. The team at SafelyYou was an essential asset in helping to explain how these cameras would be installed, used, and how they would provide assurance for the resident's privacy. Throughout the installation process, the SafelyYou team ensured that they worked with our communities, as well as the participating families, to ensure that the installation did not disrupt our resident's daily lives. They prioritized that their work would not impact the quality of life of our residents and visits with family and friends. The creators of SafelyYou founded their focus on generating this technology based on the understanding of how falls can impact the individual, their diagnosis/disease progression, and how an unnecessary trip to the emergency room can affect this progression and, ultimately, the individual's quality of life. The partnership and commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of our residents was a pivotal contributing factor for Carlton Senior Living to be the first to pilot the SafelyYou program on a larger scale company wide. The partnership that we at Carlton Senior Living have with SafelyYou and its program allow us the opportunity to be an integral part of this innovative technology, thus further supporting our resident's quality of life and our commitment to providing a person-centered care approach. This program has an extremely high participation rate by families with loved ones in memory care because they see the value. After the research study showed a 31% reduction in falls and 61% less likely to call EMS services, Carlton Senior Living decided to make the program available to all Memory Care residents. Most of our Carlton communities have a 90-100% opt-in rate from their resident's responsible parties to participate. With the integration of SafelyYou, we have seen great success with a reduction in emergency room visits and a reduction in resident falls/injuries related to these events. Fall prevention has been a topic of discussion for most residents and families throughout the transition to and progression of the aging process. Our company, others in the field, and those directly involved or impacted by the aging process have spent countless hours on interventions, preventative measures, and resources in the hopes of minimizing falls and the risks associated with them. SafelyYou and their real-time fall detection have provided us with the tools to successfully achieve this goal. By using video footage to detect a fall when it happens, it allows our employees as well as SafelyYou to analyze the data and determine causes, trends, and ultimately, what measures can be put in place to prevent fall re-occurrence. The immediate benefit of SafelyYou is that it allows us to determine how severe the fall is if the resident could have injured themselves and if they need to receive immediate medical attention prompting an emergency room visit. We understand that with a memory impairment diagnosis, the vulnerability for a resident will increase as the disease progresses.   At Carlton Senior Living, we have purposefully built our Memory Care communities with a focus on person-centered care. We are committed to love, honor, and provide for each resident to ensure they maintain the best quality of life and to prioritize their safety. Read more

Resident Spotlight - Dr. Bob Powell

Resident Spotlight - Dr. Bob Powell

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Dr. Bob Powell, DVM - Robert “Bob” Powell was born August 14, 1939 in Grass Valley, California, to Delbert and Alma Powell. He had two older brothers, Bill and Bud. Bob says that he remembers them all being close. He recalls “screwing around in their yard,” where they had their own baseball diamond. When he was a child Bob loved animals; he had dogs, pigeons, and cats. One of his favorite animals was Boots, the Border Collie, who was born one year before him. He gave Bob a sense of safety. “When Boots was around, no one would pick on me… If a kid acted up and Boots was around, Boots would nail them.” Bob has lived in Grass Valley, Sacramento, and Davis. Bob attended C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento and has many good memories of his time there. One of Bob’s favorite things in high school was running track. He says his favorite thing about it was the finish line. He had the opportunity to be one of ten people to run hurdles in the California State Track Meet. There is a good possibility, he says, that he “was the third-fastest high school runner in the state. Maybe there is a little imagination to that, but I was pretty good.” He graduated from high school in 1957. After he graduated Bob went straight on to continue his education. He first attended and graduated from Sacramento City (Junior) College. He was then accepted to U.C. Davis. Bob put himself through all seven years of school. He said he, “always had a job and piled up some debt to go to school.” He graduated from UCD in 1964. During and after college, Bob worked in Sacramento for Dr. Robert Mueller, DVM, for roughly seven years. Bob greatly admires Dr. Mueller, who was like a mentor to him. During his time with Dr. Mueller he paid off his college loans (early!). Following his time at that clinic, Bob took out a loan and purchased a lot in Sacramento near Broadway and Riverside where he designed and built an animal hospital. With no clients, he and Gail opened one of the first “cats only” veterinarian clinics in Sacramento (and the country). At only thirty-one years old Bob would treat his clients with the utmost respect. His daughter Terri said, “he was always the last to raise his prices, and if there was an elderly person who could not afford the prices, he would not charge them.” Taking care of animals, and ensuring they have a healthy life, is vital to Bob. Even in now, in his 80s he wants to open another clinic, “I opened a clinic when I was younger, and I’ll open one in my 80s!” There have been two previous marriages in Bob’s life. One to a Gail Loraine and the other Barbara K. Although he is no longer married to either woman, he is still close with both. Bob has two children, Terri, born in 1958, and Brian, born in 1964. He has four grandchildren: Alex, Jenna, Sam and Ben. He recently got a rescue cat, Mari, who enjoys spending time with Bob in his room and keeping him company. When asked about his favorite life experiences, Bob responded with, “in eighty years I have had many favorite life experiences!” He owns a condo in Maui and spent many trips vacationing there, he loved walking on the beach and hopes one day to return. He also enjoyed a visit to Japan. His favorite dessert is vanilla ice cream and his favorite meal is a Cornish pasty. As a child his mother would make pasties for dinner and there are still a few places in Grass Valley that have good recipes. Bob’s favorite thing about living at Carlton is the food. He absolutely loves the food here and has never had one complaint. There was one evening where we had a lobster feed; this was his favorite experience so far. Bob believes he has a good sense of humor. There is a decent possibility he “has an I.Q. of 250”, he is pretty sure that “in all phases of life I have known a lot of smart people, and I think I’m pretty smart, too. But who knows? Maybe I’m bragging.” Bob would like to be remembered as a good veterinarian, Christian, and father. He also wants to be remembered for his honesty; he tries not to tell lies. Some advice he would like to pass on to others is, “be honest… that’s the biggie.” View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Ben Slade, Resident Liaison at Carlton Senior Living Davis     Read more