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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

Happy Hour Under the Sea

Remaining socially engaged is important for all people no matter what age. That’s one reason Carlton Senior Living offers such a wide range of social activities through our Personal Expressions program which are tailored to the interests of each individual and each community. At Carlton Senior Living one of the favorite and best attended activities are the weekly Happy Hours. Now, when you think “Happy Hour” the first thing that comes to mind is likely the traditional “cocktail” hour hosted by bars and restaurants which focus on drinks. Although a variety of beverages and appetizers are offered at Carlton’s Happy Hours, these weekly gatherings are much more than that – they provide residents with an opportunity to get dressed up and gather together with friends and family in a fun, social environment while enjoying live entertainment. Happy Hours also give the communities an opportunity to get creative by incorporating fun themes like this recent “Under the Sea” Happy Hour hosted by Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill. Personal Expressions Assistants, Cookie and Patrick, went all out with their underwater motif which included an overhead display of migrating sea turtles and sting rays, a colorful octopus and schools of brightly colored fish swimming through a forest of sea weed. In keeping with the theme, Chef Jon prepared calamari and coconut shrimp as well as a variety of other delicious appetizers. Pianist, Rhonda Kenney, played a selection of sea themed songs including, “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid and “Octopus’s Garden” by The Beatles. As a tongue-in-cheek addition to the playlist, Rhonda also included the well-known ballad, “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie Titanic. Carlton Pleasant Hill residents loved the theme and raved about it days later. They also applauded the associates for all of their efforts in making it such a fun and memorable Happy Hour and look forward to seeing what the Pleasant Hill team has in store for them next! Want to know what special events are coming up in your Carlton community? Download the newsletter: Community Newsletters                   Read more about what's happening in our communities on Carlton's blog.   Read more

Resident Spotlight - Barbara Dunn

Meet Carlton Senior Living's spotlight resident, Barbara Dunn - Born on August 7, 1922 in Orosi, California, to parents Edith and Raymond Toler, Barbara Dunn is the youngest of three children. A native of California, Barb has lived throughout the state and in Surprise, Arizona. In Arizona, on an RV lot, Barb discovered in her 70s that she loves line dancing and became a line dancing teacher. For six years she taught roughly 10-50 people on any given night. Raised a Baptist, she feels that she didn’t know how to dance, but somehow managed to learn and teach. Upon returning to California, she lived in Citrus Heights and for the past four years has called Davis home. Barb served in the Coast Guard for 27 months and held the rank and title of SK 3rd Class. During her military service, she roller skated five nights a week with another Coast Guard SPAR and learned to Jitterbug and Waltz. Read a news article about Barbara: Davis vets are thanked and honored Barb met her first husband, Lee Magnusen, in a church parking lot. They were married for 50 years and had three beautiful children: a son Steven and two daughters, Carol and Karen. She has two grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Barb has traveled to many places but fondly recalls a trip she took with Lee to Australia and New Zealand, his dream vacation. Together, Barb and Lee decided to join a Christian organization called Mobile Missionary Assistance Program. They moved out of their mobile home into a 35 foot fifth-wheel trailer and lived in it for 15 years. During this time, they donated their talents to building and renovating churches and Christian campgrounds. They assisted on 15 projects in total, which took four summer months to complete. The most interesting project was in Colorado, where they built the walls of a log parsonage. “It was like playing with Lincoln Logs!” said Barb. The logs were pre-cut and numbered with pre-drilled holes for spikes. Barb was given a three pound hammer to drive the spikes halfway into the logs. After completion they told Barb that she did all of the pre-spiking for the project. While in Arizona, at the Happy Trails Resort swimming pool, she met her second husband of 11 years, Norman Dunn. They were married next to the same pool on a day that reached 110 degrees. From both marriages she recalls nothing but happy and good memories. Barb also found a love of playing the keyboard with a neighbor who played guitar. The next thing she knew, she was leading a band. She had anywhere from 8-18 people playing in the band at a given time. They played together for five years and entertained at block parties and retirement homes. Throughout her life she has worked as a bookkeeper and as a homemaker. When her children reached their teenage years, she became a licensed childcare worker. Her family also hosted 30 international students, with some staying for just a weekend and others as long as four months. Although she has enjoyed it all–from traveling in the USA, to her military service, to her time spent engaging in musical talents–Barb feels that raising her three children has been her favorite life experience. It has been important to remain positive in all situations. She feels that God gave her the strength and ability to accomplish all things that have been set before her. Barb hopes to be remembered as someone who upheld a good and positive Christian life. Three words that she feels describe her best are thrifty, happy, and giving. The thing she likes best about living at Carlton Davis is that she doesn’t have to do anything! No cooking, no cleaning, and no laundry. “My purpose here is to be a friend to a friend that needs a friend.”   View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Eric Demuth     Read more

All American Pet Photo Day

At Carlton Senior Living we seized the opportunity to charge our smart phones and cameras to take the perfect snapshots to celebrate All American Pet Photo day! Our Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill Community dedicated an afternoon event to host a parade for all of our beloved furry friends and we are excited to share with you the top dogs of the cat walk!       Jim T.'s dog "Koukla" and Betty's dog "Buttons" certainly dressed patriotic for the occasion. Buttons made her second year debut at the parade. Some might even say that Koukla  and Buttons were "all wrapped up" in this event! To the right, Katy, Dining Room Server, brought her dog to the parade for the second year in a row!         To the left, Personal Expressions Driver, Daniel helps our To the rresident Mike get his dog Minnie ready for the parade!           To the right you can see Abby on the "cat walk" with her dog Duke! As well as Esther and her dog Marco struting their stuff down the runway!        Our Downtown Pleasant Hill, San Leandro and Sacramento Memory Care's share with us below their community pets; Riley the fluffy bunny, Leo the fashionable shih tzu and Tessie, the charismatic poodle!       July is a big month for our Downtown Pleasant Hill community dog Champ who will be celebrating his 4 year birthday this coming Saturday, July 14th and his first anniversary at home with Carlton Senior Living and the community on July 21st! We would love to see your all american pet photos! We hope you will consider sharing them with us on our Carlton Senior Living Facebook Page   Thanks to our Downtown Pleasant Hill, Pleasant Hill, San Leandro and Sacramento communities for their submissions.  Special thanks to our Memory Care Directors; Felix James (Sacramento) and Kushir Kuar (San Leandro). Memory Care Programming Luisa Iniguez. Personal Expressions Director JC Paleja (Downtown Pleasant Hill) and Frank Wood (Pleasant Hill)                    Read more

Tose's Blue Bowl Potato Salad Recipe

To celebrate National Picnic Month, we're highlighting a recipe for a classic picnic staple - potato salad. This is a recipe Carlton Senior Living resident, Tose, has been serving up the same way for many years as part of a family tradition. "My mother-in-law always served her potato salad in a blue Bauer bowl. I have done the same," says Tose. Tose's recipe is just one of many featured in Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill's Cookbook For a Cure. This beautifully illustrated cookbook features a collection of original recipes from Carlton associates, residents, families and friends of Carlton Senior Living and was created as a way to raise funds for Alzheimer's research. This year, our goal is to raise $35,000 for the Walk to End Alzheimer's and each book purchased moves us closer to that goal. The cookbook features a variety of recipes including Connie's Kentucky Spoon Bread, Marivi's Breaded Chicken Parmesan and Chef Jon's Summer Broccoli Salad. You can purchase a copy of the cookbook for only $15 and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association to benefit Alzheimer's research. Visit the Cookbook For a Cure page for ordering instructions.   Today we are pleased to bring you Tose's Blue Bowl Potato Salad recipe from the Cookbook For a Cure: If you would like your favorite original recipe to be included in our 2018 edition, send us an email. The publication of this book was made possible by Terry Barrett, Associate Director of CSL Pleasant Hill and was whimsically illustrated by Katreece Montgomery, an associate at CSL Pleasant Hill.   Read more

Resident Spotlight - Solomon Fisher

At 103, Solomon Fisher is our eldest resident at Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill. Solomon was born in New York City on June 9, 1915. He was the son of an ambitious father who put all six of his kids through college. His mother was from Romania and his father was from Ukraine, but they met and had gotten married in the United States. Solomon attended Columbia University Law School and during this time, he started dating his future wife, Evelyn. She was going to a different college in New York City and majoring in chemistry. After law school, he worked from home with a shingle out front. In the 1940’s, the Fishers lived in a Victorian house in Queens. After they had their children, Tony and Barbara, Evelyn took on the role of a stay at home mom. Later, she became a high school chemistry teacher and Solomon moved his law practice into a storefront office. After the kids went to college, he started working for The May Company, a department store chain. There, he specialized in real estate law. In 1985, Solomon ended his law career and moved to the Bay Area to retire. He began to enjoy himself with activities which he was not able to do while working and raising a family. Solomon played his cello, a bit on the piano and encouraged his friends to play on his piano as well. He joined the Performing Arts Society of Contra Costa County where they have free concerts twice a month. Solomon had the opportunity to write his own music and perform. He wrote a Bach piece on the cello with his own narration about the music. He also wrote music for the PAS workshops which was offered to musicians of all levels. Another activity Solomon loved to do was hike and he was a part of two local hiking clubs; Sierra Club and Berkeley Hiking Club. The Sierra club is how Solomon gave back to the environment to help protect it and he also gave back by making monthly donations. The Berkeley Hiking Club helps liked-minded people come together and plan group hikes without harming the environment. He was a group leader for many years. Solomon would bring up the rear and walk with those who were behind the group. A few of his fellow members remember him for his delicious cooked yam dishes that he brought along with him on their hikes together.Over the years, Solomon has made many friends. When he recently celebrated his 103rd  birthday, he had a room full of people and they each had something memorable to say about him. One friend shared a memory about Solomon hosting a grand party in his home. His doors would be open for anyone to come and spend time with him. Now, Solomon is losing his hearing, but still has a friendly chat with his table mates in the Creekside dining room. After leading a very busy life, Solomon now enjoys reading the paper quietly in his room at Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill and is very proud to be a centenarian.     View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Cookie Apodaca   Read more

"Pleasant Hill – A Community United" 2018 Parade

The theme for the annual parade was “Pleasant Hill – A Community United.” It was only fitting that our Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill and Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill communities united to participate in the parade together. Having been involved in the ceremony last year, the Pleasant Hill residents and associates were excited to be a part of the celebrations again!             Carlton Senior Living was represented by several associates who attended from both communities. Luisa our Memory Care Programming Assistant, Art our Personal Expressions Driver & Ya-Ya our Personal Expressions Assistant attended to represent our Downtown Pleasant Hill community. Patrick, our Personal Expressions Assistant at Pleasant Hill, planned and coordinated the event and was joined by our Personal Expression Drivers Daniel and Doyle, Rhodesia our Resident Liaison, Sam our Masters of Social Work Intern and Carly, the community dog!             Our Pleasant Hill Resident Council was represented by John, President and Esther, Vice President.  At the age of 92, Myra, one of our Pleasant Hill residents walked the entire parade route last year, an accomplishment she was very proud of! This year, Myra was asked to ride with Tim Flaherty, Mayor of Pleasant Hill to which she gladly accepted! Holding steady to her encouraging spirit she was proud to have her fellow residents walk the entire route this year like she had last year.   Along the route, our crew handed out fidget spinners, lollipops, and Carlton key chains. Patriotic colors of red, white and blue radiated from those riding in our Carlton cars and buses to those watching from the sidelines as we passed. We even had the chance to capture a few of our residents saluting in honor of independence, freedom, and unity. We extend an extra big thanks to Denee, one of our Inbound Marketing Specialists from the Home Office, who was present and went “live” on Facebook to stream the event and give feedback on our involvement in the parade itself.  Read more

Resident Spotlight - Willis "Bill" Courtney

Meet Carlton Senior Living's spotlight resident Willis "Bill" Courtney - Bill was born as the only child to Willis and May Courtney in San Francisco, California. He has always resided in California since being born and moved to Sacramento when he was nine years old. However, Frank Sinatra said it best and Bill agrees that he left his heart in San Francisco, his favorite city in the world. After marrying his beloved late wife Shirley, they welcomed to the world and their family three beautiful children, a daughter and two sons. Bill attributes the birth of his children as being his favorite life experience thus far. Although Bill was employed with the State of California Department of Water Resources for over 35 years, in his free time you could find him enjoying the leisure of golfing alongside his beautiful bride or vacationing in Hawaii, one of his favorite places to travel. It would come as no surprise to learn that one of his most notable accomplishments is competing and winning the Japanese and American Flyer Club golf tournament. Bill believes that in life a good philosophy to live by is “always keep them laughing.” He enjoys spring the most which is why his favorite thing about Sacramento is the beautiful trees. When not outdoors can be found inside the comfort of his apartment watching anything John Wayne related! When asked who he would want to have dinner with he replied with a smile, my wife, 15 years ago. We are glad to have Bill as a resident of Carlton Senior Living Sacramento – Enhanced. View additional Resident Spotlight articles.   Read more

Resident Spotlight - Bobbie Rose & Her Centenarian Celebration

Meet Carlton Senior Living's spotlight resident Bobbie Rose ­- Barbara "Bobbie" Sharp was born in San Francisco, California on June 21, 1918. Her father worked for PG&E as an electrical engineer and ran the powerhouses in a small town near Towle, California. Bobbie was an only child. She attended school in Christian Valley until fourth grade and then moved to San Jose where she would remain local for the next 40 years. Bobbie graduated from high school and went on to San Jose State University where she met her husband, Hugh Rose, in accounting class. They were seated alphabetically and were sitting next to each other. Both graduated college, Bobbie with a general Business Degree and Hugh with an Accounting Degree. [caption id="attachment_18368" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Bobbie Rose recently turned 100 - read more about her birthday celebration below.[/caption] In 1942, Hugh was drafted into the Army as a Private and was sent to North Carolina for training where he became a Finance Officer. The couple was married in 1943 and three months later, Hugh was sent overseas for three years. Hugh eventually worked his way up from Second Lieutenant to Captain. Meanwhile, Bobbie was living at home with her parents while working at Food Machinery Corporation in the accounting department, a company that began manufacturing Water Buffalo Tanks to aide in the war efforts. When Hugh returned from the Army in 1946, the Roses' lived in Santa Clara for 18 months before buying a house in Los Gatos. Hugh took a job with the Dole Cannery Company in San Jose where he worked for 25 years. In 1965, Hugh and Bobbie bought property above San Andreas and in 1970, Dole sold their operation to a new cannery in Modesto where Hugh continued to work for the next five years. The couple later moved to San Andreas where Hugh built the home that they would share together until 2013. When Hugh retired in 1975, the two began traveling with their RV and spent many winters in Yuma, Arizona. Aside from traveling, Bobbie has many hobbies including knitting and different kinds of crafts. Sadly, Hugh’s health began to fail due to dementia and macular degeneration. During this time, Bobbie was also suffering from a bout of pneumonia and was hospitalized. Thankfully, Bobbie’s niece provided much needed love and support to both she and Hugh during this difficult time. Hugh’s health continued to decline until his passing. After six month or more of recovery, Bobbie health finally stabilized and in 2013 she decided to move to Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill to be closer to her niece. Bobbie kept her house in San Andreas until a 2015 wildfire consumed her home along with everything in it. Despite everything, Bobbie continues to stay positive and busy with her many hobbies and enjoys playing Wii Bowling, Rummikub and Mahjong with friends. Bobbie has also been looking forward to her 100th birthday for many years and so the Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill community jumped at the chance to throw her a beautiful summer-themed "centenarian" celebration. Carlton residents and associates eagerly awaited the arrival of the "guest of honor." After making a grand entrance, Bobbie was adorned with a tiara and sash to commemorate the occasion. Everyone enjoyed a festive sing-along with an amusing selection of birthday-themed songs, dancing, appetizers and, of course, birthday cake. Bobbie was also presented with a beautiful arrangement of flowers compliments of the management team at Carlton Pleasant Hill while the Personal Expressions team presented her with 100 pink and white roses to celebrate Bobbie Rose's 100 amazing years. Once the party concluded, Bobbie declared that it was a birthday celebration she will never forget. See more photos from Bobbie's birthday celebration on the Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill Facebook page. Resident Spotlight written by Patrick Coleman   Read more