Pictured above: One of our founders, Tom MacDonald, getting final approval for our first Community, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, from his mother Carolyn, who he built the Community for.

About Us

A different kind of senior care

Tom MacDonald saw the need for a different kind of senior care community in the early 1980s, while caring for his mother, Carolyn. At the time, there were few independent or assisted living options for active seniors who wanted a higher level of services and amenities. So Tom set out to create an environment where seniors could enjoy a wide variety of activities, fresh, healthy meals and a caring, well-trained staff.

Drawing on his expertise as a real estate developer and general contractor, Tom designed the earliest communities himself, and in 1985 the company opened its first assisted living community in Pleasant Hill. In 1989, retired professor of dentistry Dr. Don Engle joined the company as a founding partner, adding valuable medical and business experience.

Tailored to your needs

Our senior living communities, with locations across the Bay Area, offer an array of individually tailored services and care options –ranging from independent apartments and assisted living for those needing only a little help, to award-winning health and memory care programs. Our diverse services and programs allow residents to move seamlessly between different care levels if and when their needs change.

Committed to kindness

Carlton’s employees are our most valuable assets. From our skilled nurses and managers to our perpetually smiling dining, maintenance and housekeeping staff, we are committed to serving you and your loved ones with respect, kindness and compassion.

Respected senior living programs

Today, Carlton is one of Northern California’s most successful senior living providers, winning national awards for its resident care, health and fitness and staff-development programs.

With 11 senior living communities in operation, led by President Dave Coluzzi, and new projected communities currently in the planning stage, Carlton offers families a wide choice of highly respected programs at locations across Northern California.

Even though Carlton Senior Living started as a family owned operation more than three decades ago, several members of the founding family are still actively involved. Just as our founders did from the beginning, we still consider our employees, residents and their families part of our own family.

Carlton Senior Living feels privileged to serve our residents in an environment that fosters dignity, respect and individuality.

Each and every employee makes these following Commitments when they start and consistently throughout their time with us:

Love – Act with Empathy, Compassion, and Understanding

Honor – Demonstrate Value and Respect to our seniors and their families.

Provide – Display Exceptional Service, Enthusiasm and Integrity creating a safe and pristine environment.

In the choices they make and in all that they do, we encourage our residents and our employees to follow our philosophy, “live your life.”

Living Options

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