Direct Supply Partners with SafelyYou to Reduce Falls in Senior Living Amid COVID-19 and Beyond

Direct Supply recently introduced the 2020 Falls Action Research Project, a year-long initiative with the sole focus of significantly moving the needle on the problem of resident falls in assisted living communities. While COVID-19 has forced its way to the top of the list of concerns for communities, falls are still significant and are increasing by a staggering 20% in memory care facilities during these times of social isolation, according to SafelyYou data……… – Read More

RingCentral Case Study

With RingCentral, this Senior Living Facility’s Communications Infrastructure Enters a New Golden Age. Company profile: Since 1985, Carlton Senior Living Communities have provided Northern California seniors with an array of individually tailored care options, from independent and assisted living to award-winning health and memory care programs. Residents of the company’s dozen Silicon Valley-area communities enjoy delicious, healthy food and a wide range of activities and entertainment in a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere where they can make friends, enjoy life, and continue to thrive……… – Read More

COVID-19 Update

Carlton Senior Living has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation since it first appeared in China. In our best efforts to protect our residents and staff from COVID-19, we would like to inform you that, in conjunction with the county and state public health departments, we are proactively working with highly qualified medical advisors in infectious disease to anticipate our needs, implement maximum safety protocols and act assertively when anyone in our community becomes symptomatic. We are also hiring more staff in our communities to support our daily operations……… – Read More

Coronavirus and Senior Living

Coronavirus stories are dominating the news, leaving senior living providers with many questions. The resources below offer guidance to communities on how to prepare for and prevent the spread of the virus. As the situation is rapidly changing, it is recommended that you always follow any guidance or instructions from health care providers, local or state health departments, state regulatory agencies, and your organization’s policies and procedures…….. – Read More

COVID-19 And Trying To Make A Tough Situation Brighter

To jazz up our room service deliveries, we will now be sending out “The Carlton Daily” as a liner on the dinner tray, or it can be folded and put into the dinner to-go boxes in the hopes to bring a bit of fun activity to the dinner hour. We will send out a new one every day in the hopes to bring not only a fun activity but a bit of optimism to our cherished seniors……… – Read More


COVID-19 Update March 7th, 2020

We at Carlton Senior Living feel it is important to keep you updated on our efforts and the measures we are taking in order to prevent COVID-19 from spreading to our Communities…….. – Read More


COVID-19 Update February 28th, 2020

Carlton Senior Living has been actively working within the guidelines provided by the CDC and our local Health Department. We will closely monitor developments and follow the directions of our County Health Service Department and other related agencies……. – Read More


Carlton Senior Living is a winner in the 2019 McKnight’s Technology Awards!

This annual event recognizes providers who have harnessed technology to make life better for their residents. This is an extremely competitive contest, and to be selected as one of the few honorees is a notable accomplishment…… – Read More


Carlton Reduces Resident Falls by 31% with SafelyYou

Falls and fear of falling are often a big part of the decision for a resident and their family to choose assisted living. In assisted living, a care team can support making sure the right protections are in place, and if anything does happen, trained personnel are there to help….. – Read More


Luther Burbank Center And The Santa Rosa Symphony Announce The 2019 – 2020 Symphony Pops Series

Today, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) and the Santa Rosa Symphony announced the lineup for the 2019-20 Carlton Senior Living Symphony Pops Series, to be presented in the Ruth Finley Person Theater at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa)…. – Read More


RiseUp Project to Hold Groundbreaking on December 10th

On December 10th, 2018 at 11am at 15 Brighton Court, Lot 7, southeastern corner of Old Redwood Hwy and Mark West Springs. Rebuild NorthBay Foundation (RNBF) and Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County (HHSC) have partnered on a project to replace a mile of common fencing for two (2) subdivisions in the Larkfield and Mark West Springs areas—a region devastated in the firestorms of 2017…. – Read More


Carlton Senior Living Receives Approval on New $30 Million Senior Community North of Santa Rosa

The Sonoma County Board of Zoning Adjustments has approved plans by Carlton Senior Living LLC to build a new senior living complex in Sonoma County, just north of Santa Rosa. The Concord, California-based owner and operator of 11 existing Northern California senior living communities expects to break ground soon on 134 rental apartments – including independent living, assisted living and memory care options… – Read More


Carlton Acquires Prime Santa Rosa Site for New Community

CONCORD, CA – Carlton Senior Living LLC, the Concord, Calif.-based owner and operator of 11 existing Northern California senior living communities, has agreed to buy a 3.68 acre site in Sonoma County, just north of Santa Rosa, for a new senior living complex… – Read More


Veteran Senior Care Executive to Lead Carlton Senior Living

David Coluzzi, a senior care executive with more than 26 years of industry experience, has joined Carlton Senior Living as president. The company owns and operates senior living communities in Fremont, San Leandro, San Jose, Concord, Pleasant Hill and the Sacramento region… – Read More


Young Entrepreneurs Move Into Senior Housing

Living in three different senior housing communities in one year is hardly typical. But then, either is Sameer Dhar, a 23-year old entrepreneur and product designer for older adults. He and his 20 and 30-something colleagues were creating a sensor called Sensassure that attaches to an incontinence brief (a.k.a. adult diaper)… – Read More


Carlton Senior Living Wants to Built new Senior Facility in Larkfield

A Concord company has proposed building a $30-plus million senior assisted-living facility along Old Redwood Highway in Larkfield. Anticipating more growth in the local senior population, Carlton Senior Living has applied to Sonoma County to build a 142-unit complex next door to the Larkfield Shopping Center, about a block north of Mark West Springs Road… – Read More


Alice’s Embrace Envelops Alzheimer’s Patients With a Blanket of Comfort

For Alzheimer’s patients, it’s like getting a warm embrace. On a recent morning in Davis, about 35 seniors – all with varied degrees of dementia or Alzheimer’s – were treated to a handmade blanket or shawl from Alice’s Embrace, a nonprofit group that has delivered hundreds of them to memory care patients throughout California and other states… – Read More


New Incontinence Sensor Being Tested at Carlton Senior Living

A 23-year-old has founded a company that has created an incontinence sensor, which is being tested at Carlton Senior Living. Sensassure employees worked at the San Leandro facility to learn about managing incontinence in senior care, and used the feedback to create a design of a practical sensor… – Read More


Iron Chef Challenge Whets the Appetite for More

Things got hot at Carlton Senior Living on Wednesday as resident Chef Andrew Moret, foreground, took on Chef AJ Webb in an Iron Chef challenge. Chef AJ Webb of Black Pine Catering gets saucy Wednesday in the competition kitchen at Carlton Senior Living for the Iron Chef Challenge… – Read More


Carlton Senior Living in Northern California Names New President

Carlton Senior Living in Northern California has named David Coluzzi as president of the company, which is comprised of 11 independent and assisted living facilities as well as memory care communities. Before joining Carlton Senior Living, Coluzzi served as CEO of the Esquire Group, a senior living and apartment company with 1,200 units on seven properties in New Jersey… – Read More


Oak Grove Capital Arranges Loan for Fremont Facility

Oak Grove Capital has arranged a $14.7 million loan for the refinancing of Carlton Plaza Fremont, a 122-unit independent and assisted living community in California. It also offers respite care, and is one of eight California communities owned by Carlton Senior Living… – Read More


Carlton’s New Davis Community: Home, Sweet Senior Home

Davisite George Hinkle refers to two dates in his life with powerful distinction: Dec. 7, 1941, and March 22, 2014. His life, as he tells it, changed radically on both days. In one, he embarked on a path from being a young barber to an assistant military medic, earned the right for a free ride to college and launched his career in education… – Read More


Company Has Two New Senior-Living Campuses

Concord-based Carlton Senior Living has opened an upscale assisted-living facility in Elk Grove and begun construction of another in Davis. The company entered the Sacramento market in 2004 with Carlton Plaza on Fulton Avenue… – Read More

From the Carlton Senior Community Blog

Resident Spotlight - Ronna Berezin of Carlton Davis

Resident Spotlight - Ronna Berezin of Carlton Davis

Ronna Margolis Berezin was born in Washington, D.C. on August 25, 1939. Her father, Sydney Margolis, owned a men’s clothing store. Ronna describes him as hot-tempered and strict. Her mother, Frances, worked at the store and cared for her family. Ronna had a wonderful relationship with her mother. She has two younger siblings, Richard, an OBGYN who lives in Maryland, and Vivian, who lives in New Mexico. She says that she was lucky to have a good childhood and a great group of friends. She also has fond memories of trips to the beach in Baltimore. Ronna received a degree in education at Penn State. While there, she joined Alpha Beta Gamma honor society. She met her future husband, Stephan, through their respective Greek organizations. They were married on June 25, 1959 and had two children, Alan and Laurie. After college, in the early 1960s, Ronna started teaching junior high English and social studies. As a teacher, she believed in encouraging her students to get out of their comfort zone and explore new ways of being. She always tried to treat each student the same way because they all had the same potential coming into her class. She feels that she learned just as much from her students as they learned from her. She moved to San Francisco in the 1970s. One of her favorite life experiences was going to the discos in the city. She had a larger group of gay friends who she went dancing with. She thoroughly appreciated their mutual acceptance: they accepted her as she was, and she accepted them as they were. Ronna describes herself as bright, happy, helpful, fun, and friendly. She generally likes to eat healthy, although she also loves having ice cream for dessert at Carlton Senior Living Davis. She enjoys riding horses and describes herself as a good rider. She also loves dancing and people watching at the clubs and bars. She most admires her son, Alan: she believes that he does the best that he can in all things. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Read more

Resident Spotlight - Katherine Tuttle of Carlton Elk Grove

Resident Spotlight - Katherine Tuttle of Carlton Elk Grove

Katherine Marie Tuttle was born on February 19, 1937 in Texarkana, Arkansas. She is the oldest of six children. Her father was a sharecropper and they lived on a farm. In February 1947, her family moved to California. Katherine met Bill at church in California, and they got married on August 14, 1954 in Reno, Nevada. The Tuttles had two daughters, Gwen and Jeanne. Jeanne, unfortunately, passed away from ALS in 2012. They also have 4 grandchildren and 4 ½ great-grandchildren (one is on the way.) Katherine worked for the State of California under the Department of Developmental Services for 28 years. Katherine’s hobbies are reading, coloring, and doing the craft activities at Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove. A surprising fact about Katherine is that once loved dancing and that she and Bill were ballroom dancers. Out of all of Katherine’s traveling destinations, her favorite is London, England. Katherine says that London was beautiful, there was a lot to see, and the people were nice. Three words to describe Katherine are happy, friendly and loving. Some advice she has for new residents moving into a senior community would be to “join all the activities, be yourself, and enjoy all of us (neighbors).” Katherine’s favorite things about living at Carlton Elk Grove are the staff and the residents. Katherine and Bill feel that Carlton meets all their needs and they haven’t met anyone who wasn’t outstanding. Read more Bill & Katherine: Carlton Elk Grove Couple Celebrates 66th Wedding Anniversary! View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Read more

“An American Childhood an Ocean Away: The Story of Carlton Sisters Claudia Cook and Cindy Tilton,” by Harriett Burt

“An American Childhood an Ocean Away: The Story of Carlton Sisters Claudia Cook and Cindy Tilton,” by Harriett Burt

All of us, whether we think so or not, have lives or parts thereof that are interesting to others. For most, it is something in our adult years that commands attention. But Claudia Cook and Cindy Tilton’s childhoods stand out compared to most of the rest of us because they grew up often outside of their native land. Their father, Claude Turner, Jr., was born in south-central Oklahoma in 1920 where his family owned a cattle ranch. Going to college in 1937, Mr. Turner joined the Army Air Corps in 1939 which became a separate branch of the military, the United States Air Force, at the end of World War II. Mr. Turner’s love of flying and his ability to perform at the highest level in any conditions, including dense fog, made him a test pilot during the war, not only for the United States but also for the Egyptian Air Force. He also flew non-combat flights carry important supplies wherever they were needed. As happened often during the war, in 1942 he met Lou Ann Scheitter, soon to be his wife and the mother of their four children. They married six weeks later in St. Joseph, Missouri where he was training. At a family gathering on the 100th anniversary of their father’s birth in 2020, the youngest Turner daughter, Lori, described it as “another war marriage that wasn’t supposed to last --- but last it did,” until his sudden death at age 64. Mr. Turner’s flying abilities helped him find employment easily in the growing aviation industry at the end of the war. He went to work for Trans Ocean Airways, an Oakland-based company that did not have regularly scheduled passenger flights but instead was hired to haul cargo or humans wherever they were needed. Trans Ocean, for example, specialized after the war in flying Muslims to Mecca for the annual pilgrimage. The flights, mainly from the Middle East and South Asia, featured many very, very pregnant women who were hoping that their child, whether boy or girl, would be born in Mecca thus guaranteeing a successful religious life, according to Cindy. Mr. Turner also flew Nationalist Chinese leader Chiang Kai Shek’s horde of gold bullion out of China in 1947 to his exile in Formosa (now Taiwan). Later, in the early 1950s, Japanese Emperor Hirohito had his first airplane ride piloted by Japan Airlines’ Chief Pilot at the time, Claude Turner, Jr. While the earliest flights such as Flight 1 and 2 from Tokyo to San Francisco were piloted by Americans, Mr. Turner trained the incoming Japanese pilots giving the fledgling airline a good beginning with skilled, confident pilots. Claudia, born in 1946, became the first of the ‘flying Turner children.’ Living in the San Leandro house they bought and kept through the years of his career, the three Turners were sent to the Philippines for a year or two while Claudia was still a baby. Consequently, she has no memory of that trip. When they came home, Mr. Turner took to the skies again while Mrs. Turner took care of their home, Claudia, and a few years later, Cindy, born in 1952. Ted was born in 1954 and the youngest Turner child, Lori, was born in 1958. Cindy remembers “a very happy childhood despite moving frequently. We were close together,” she says, although she notes that Ted, being the son, got preferential treatment on some things from the household help. In the family, Claudia and Cindy were known as “the girls” and Ted and Lori, the youngest, were referred to as “the kids.” In 1955, the Turners packed up for a three-and-a-half-year assignment in Japan. Mr. Turner was hired by the new Japan Airlines to organize and train Japanese pilots to replace the American pilots who were manning the early flights including the first from Tokyo to San Francisco. To this day the San Francisco-Tokyo flights are still numbered Flight 1 and Flight 2. Those who read Blanche Perry’s story of life in occupied Japan from 1950 to 1953, will remember that they lived in the ‘American part of southern Tokyo’. But those with families who were no longer in the military had to live in Japanese neighborhoods rather than the area designated for the American military families. Thus, the Turners lived in the ‘Japanese part,’ the neighborhood of Nanitadal in southern Tokyo. The family could use American military facilities such as the PX and medical care, but they had to pay for all services they received. Claudia was in third grade when the family arrived in Tokyo. She rode a military bus to the Department of Defense (DOD) Dependent School near the American military airport. Her childhood friends there were Americans. These schools were established after World War II near many US military installations outside of the United States. Cindy was two years old when they arrived in Tokyo. While she attended kindergarten at the DOD school the final year they lived in Japan, before that she played with the Japanese neighborhood kids whose family owned the compound including the home the Turners rented. The Turners also had servants in the house who kept track of the children and made sure that the little Japanese kids Cindy played with were suitable socially to play with the Americans. “Japan had a real caste system,” she recalls. Her mom and dad also encouraged her to play with her little sister. To this day, Cindy feels that as a child, “the best adjustment (to a very different language and lifestyle) was my baby sister, Lori.” The result of that experience was that Cindy learned enough Japanese from the neighbor kids to translate for her father when needed. Her little brother and sister learned the language also. To this day she is able to wish her Carlton Pleasant Hill neighbor, Setsuko Brockman, good morning in Japanese when they meet at breakfast time. In 1960, Mr. Turner signed on as a pilot for South Pacific Airlines, part of the Dollar Cruise Line headquartered in San Francisco. The airline provided air travel options in the South Pacific for tourists and residents just as the cruise line did when it sailed to popular tropical islands locations such as Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and Fiji. The impact of that job was that the Turner family were able to live in Kailua on Oahu for four years and take two vacation trips in Tahiti. It also reinforced Cindy’s Japanese language skills obtained in Japan. “All my elementary teachers were Japanese. Spanish was taught by Mr. Igashimoto,” she recalls. The most memorable South Pacific trip for Claudia and Cindy was going to Tahiti while “The Mutiny on the Bounty” was being filmed. The Turners were visiting the set when Claudia met Marlon Brando who played the leading role of Fletcher Christian. “I was so in awe of him that I didn’t say a word,” she recalls. Her sister used the meeting later as a school essay topic. Cindy also had a ‘Marlon Brando moment’ much later after they were home and the movie had been released. “It was the first time I saw anyone who had died with their eyes open!” Brando in his lead role as Mr. Christian acted the last scene perfectly apparently. Claudia finished her high school education at Kailua High School in 1964 and moved to Missouri where she attended a private college for two years before transferring to UC Berkeley. Later she joined her parents when they returned to Oklahoma and enrolled in Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas where she was trained in Special Education which was just beginning to revolutionize teaching children based on how they learned information and by using techniques to help students learn in a variety of ways. A teacher for 30 years in Wichita Falls, Claudia not only “found different ways for her students to learn,” she also became a diagnostician who led appraisal teams identifying and planning programs for students at a number of elementary schools and one middle school. It was a revolution in teaching during the 1970s as this writer knows from working with Special Education staff in my classroom. They made a big difference for those students. “I helped a lot of students” Claudia says with quiet pride. “My job was to teach them, not to raise them. I found different ways for them to learn.” Claudia and her second husband moved to Lompoc in 2000 where she was a Resource Specialist with the mildly handicapped until she retired in 2012. She and her second husband moved up to Rossmoor. She has two sons from a previous marriage who live in Texas and Minnesota. Two years ago, as health problems developed, Claudia moved to Carlton Pleasant Hill where Cindy had moved a week before. Cindy worked for Kaiser Permanente for 38 years after graduating from Sonoma State in 1974.  Most of those years were at the Martinez Kaiser. “Initially, I started on the medical/surgery wards as a ward secretary. Martinez Kaiser had a hospital in its early days.” She then was assigned to the mental health unit as an “activity therapist.” Cindy describes that as helping people who were very tense and unable to relax or rest on their own and who had “a need to learn leisure.” A range of mental and physical health professionals at all levels for a team to develop a program that works a significant percentage of the time. 90% of the patients she and others worked with were over-stressed, suffering from depression and anxiety and usually, Cindy notes, needing a vacation from their families. “Groups would go to the Renaissance Fair or a basketball game, or a walk in the woods” were among her examples. There was a lot of success, she says. “I worked with amazing people at Kaiser.” Cindy transferred to Kaiser’s Antioch Hospital and then to Walnut Creek as the patient care coordinator. She also returned to school for a master’s degree in Social Work. That was followed by her becoming a case manager and then her last and most challenging job before retirement, a senior consultant in Expedited Review handling patient appeals. A complicated process with short time limits, the Review’s findings of a case might end up being fought or appealed through Kaiser, Medicare or even the United States Supreme Court. They were often difficult cases with difficult decisions to be made. Cindy retired in 2016. Her two daughters had thrived in the Martinez schools, she says. As they married and had children, Cindy instituted the “no call” rule. It could also be called the “just bring ‘em over anytime you want or need to” rule. Grandma’s house was always open until she moved to Carlton. The Turner sisters have led very interesting lives, starting in childhood and continuing on to their adult lives and the important professions they successfully worked in. Even Marlon Brando might be impressed. Written by Harriett Burt, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill-Martinez Resident. Read additional pieces by Harriett Burt Read more

A Love for Learning- Carlton University

A Love for Learning- Carlton University

As we near the end of Brain Awareness Week we are excited to share with you the newest program being offered to residents at our Carlton Senior Living Sacramento campus, Carlton University! An opportunity for all to plant the seed of knowledge through engagement, innovation and creativity.  The program is a comprehensive college experience which currently has 12 students enrolled. We are offering our residents the opportunity to register with admissions and receive their syllabi and class schedules. The program is complete with up-to-date practices, like distance learning. It is a six-month program with the following academic requirements; History, Critical Thinking, Physical Education, Social Studies, Science, and International Studies. Students are given a list of electives and will choose at least one. The electives list includes; Music, Nutrition, Art, Photography, Astrology, and Wood Shop. Plans for Carlton University will include planning a school dance when conditions permit and are safe. There are also science projects that will be due during Spring. The community will host a Carlton University Science Fair, provided conditions permit, to allow family members and other residents to come in and look at the projects. PLUS, no university program is complete without a commencement ceremony to celebrate the graduates. The campus hopes to celebrate tentatively in July as long as conditions permit, and we are safe to do so.  Initially, classes were held over the phone for safety, and students received the given course material as needed. School supplies were delivered individually, including pencils, composition notebooks, pens, markers, and binders. Along with that, they received their Carlton University IDs and their syllabi. What has happened in the Spring Semester so far? Dean Roiee shared that in their history class, they studied landmark supreme court rulings. Drawing upon the American History Tellers Podcast from Pandora and the Landmark Supreme Court Ruling Series. As a final project for the class, every student was given a different year and was asked to research a supreme court case from that year to report on. Students LOVED it and as a class we collectively were able to diversify our learning experience by hearing various cases we might not otherwise have known about. In their nutrition class, Carlton University hosted Claudia Graetsch-Vasquez, our new Dietitian and Nutritionist for all Carlton Senior Living communities twice. During the classes we spoke about the importance of fixing our plates with healthy choices in mind as well as how many nutrients and proteins we should aim for. To learn more about Claudia we invite you to check out her blog. During their physical activity class they focused in on various muscle groups as well as bone health and the importance of remaining properly hydrated before, during and after exercise. In this semester's science class students studied life science. Focusing on the development of animals and discussing the growth experience from beginning, in the womb and beyond. They have fostered Painted Lady Butterflies and hope to host a Butterfly Release Social outdoors when it is time. "I have great hopes for this program, and I think that it will be a great success. All of us, myself and the students, are very excited!" Dean Roiee   Carlton University Admissions Sample Carlton University Semester Schedule- [pdf-embedder url="" title="Syllabus - Carlton University"] Read more