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

Iris & Ivan: Celebrating 59 Years of Marriage This Spring

Iris & Ivan: Celebrating 59 Years of Marriage This Spring

Ivan and Iris Seppala celebrated their 58th anniversary last May. The same month they moved from their Clayton home of 47 years to Carlton Pleasant Hill-Martinez. The couple had met in the early 1950s at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Rosburg, Washington. Ivan admits he wasn’t too impressed at the time with the slight Canadian girl. But two years later, when she came to a church gathering in Seattle, he saw Iris much differently. “She asked how us folks were doing,” he recalls. “Seriously, she cared about people.” Iris replied with the practicality her upbringing had instilled in her. “I was in nursing school. I wasn’t looking for a man.” However, eyes were opened and the courtship flourished resulting in their marriage on May 12, 1962. IVAN’S STORY: Before moving on to the more significant parts of their life together, this inquiring reporter had to ask if Ivan ever forgot Valentine’s Day or Iris’ birthday? “Never,” they both agree. Iris said there was one time that was missed when he was seriously ill in the hospital, but Ivan reminded her that he wrote “I love you” on a small piece of paper and gave it to her. Ivan’s father immigrated from Finland in 1911 ending up in Washington State. His mother’s father also immigrated from Finland, ending up in Kent, Washington. Their only child, Ivan, was born in Seattle in 1933 during the worst part of the Great Depression. Mr. Seppala was both farmer and a minister. He even was a logger at one point and was almost killed by a falling tree. After that he had a variety of jobs including co-owning and managing a feed store in the middle of the Depression. During the worst of it, he sometimes had to take money out of the cash register to buy food for his family. The business survived and when Ivan’s father retired, he bought a small working farm because, as a business owner, he wasn’t eligible for Social Security. Ivan graduated from high school in 1951. He enrolled at Pacific Lutheran College, (now University) in Parkland, Washington where he graduated in 1955 with a degree in accounting. The next year he was drafted into the Army. Ivan graduated first in his administrative class at Fort Ord and worked as a clerk there until the end of his service in 1958. That September, he was hired as a temporary clerk which became a 28-year career beginning in the Seattle accounting department of Chevron (then still known as Standard Oil of California). Like other Carlton residents, Ivan belongs to the group of pioneer computer employees many companies formed in the 1960s. Finding that he was more interested in computers than in straight accounting, his Chevron bosses encouraged him to learn computer programming. In the 1960s, IBM was the main source of computer knowledge and free computer education opportunities for businesses. For about three months, Ivan took IBM’s free one-morning-a-week classes and would spend afternoon and evening proceeding each class doing his ‘eight hours a day’ of work. As a result, he soon became a computer operator, moving up the ladder until he became Supervisor of Computer Operations in the accounting division of the company’s large Concord office complex. Ivan’s favorite part of the job was moving around the office giving operators tips and helping to solve problems. He and Iris along with their four children were transferred to the San Francisco Bay Area in November 1968. In 1986, Ivan became part of a mass voluntary retirement when the company that had been so supportive of employees changed its pro-employee policies (in part as a result of its purchase of Gulf Oil company) in order to provide jobs for a least some of Gulf’s employees. But the general atmosphere between Chevron management and the working employees changed but not for the better after the merger, Ivan notes. Always active in his church, Ivan was ordained in the Berkeley church in 1975 and was active in the ministry until about 18 months ago when his health declined. During his early retirement years Ivan also found other interesting jobs and projects to work on besides dealing with some health issues. The Seppala’s lived in Clayton for 47 years prior to moving to a senior living facility in Ripon, California for two years and then relocating to Carlton last May to be closer to their four children. IRIS’S STORY: What was it like to grow up within an hour and a half’s drive to the Canadian Rockies and Banff and Lake Louise? In our interview, Iris emphasized the fact that she probably didn’t get much of a chance to look at those mountains close up. Born in 1939 Iris was the third of 13 children. The family lived on a wheat and rye farm on the prairie in Alberta, Canada to parents who had each been raised with 12 other siblings. Iris agrees that her family situation meant she had a lot of responsibility to help around the house and the farm. Iris recalls helping to make bread, “we used an old wood-fired cookstove.” The dough was prepared in the washtub they used to take their bath in on Saturday night. Since the house had an indoor toilet but not a bathtub, their mother, who Iris describes as passionate about cleanliness, filled a water container attached to the side of the stove to heat the water for the baths. She scrubbed the tub thoroughly with bleach as soon as the bread was in the oven and soon after the last bath. Twice in Iris’ childhood and youth, bad weather or disease among the chickens caused the farm to fail. Each time, in 1948 and in 1954, the family moved to a 10-acre farm in southern Washington across the Columbia River from Portland, owned by her mother’s brother. “The house had electric lights, water and equipment galore,” she says. The first time they moved there, Iris was nine. Strawberries and chickens were raised on the farm. A rare disease attacked the chickens with some pecking the backside of other chickens thus spreading not only the rare disease humans were not susceptible to but also the normal good and bad bacteria which could affect humans that the flock always carried. Iris suddenly became seriously ill with one of the worst of those bacterial diseases, tetanus, for which there is still no cure except to wait for the toxin in the human body to wear itself out. By the 1940s, that process could be speeded up some by massive doses of penicillin and sulfa drugs and the number of cases were reduced by vaccines. Families in the community stepped up to pray for her. She was moved to the home of a nearby aunt who was a nurse who also had a quieter home. A major symptom is a stiffened body and Iris was ordered to remain in bed in complete quiet with a shield over her eyes. Her diet of jello, broth and tea was changed to custard, milk and cream when her mouth became raw since she was taking so much medication. In two months, the symptoms were completely gone but Iris was very thin. She remembers that there was a girl on the school bus who had heard about her illness and saved a seat for her every day. The name Iris Hilman could still be in Washington’s Clark County records as the first human to survive tetanus there. When asked to describe her feelings during this frightening period, she replied quietly, “I just talked to God. I believe in God.” She also made and kept a vow “to pay back all that has been done for me.” They moved back to her uncle’s farm in 1954 because of terrible storms that destroyed the crops.  Since she was needed to help with the family, she did her schoolwork at home and graduated in 1957. Iris immediately enrolled at Vancouver Junior College to train to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to fulfill her vow of nine years before. “I enjoyed my job as an LVN. I worked in Pediatrics and Obstetrics,” Iris recalls. After their children were grown, she worked as a school nurse in the Mt. Diablo District and as a charge nurse at two convalescence hospitals in Concord. She also became an American citizen along the way. Iris Hilman Seppala has indeed paid back what she felt she owed for her recovery all those years ago. But she also loved the five years after retirement when she worked at a flower shop.  Taking orders and fulfilling them “really wasn’t work,” she says, that is until computers took over. “I was never trained to type,” she says, so she regretfully retired again. Looking back on his work life, Ivan observes that he didn’t like speaking to large groups as much as he liked moving around the room answering students’ questions or giving a tip about designing code and other supportive actions. During retirement, he also enjoyed working as California Secretary (leader) of the Central Board of the Apostolic Lutheran Church. This is an American marriage and family story. Now it too, is part of Carlton’s history. Written by Harriett Burt, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill-Martinez Resident Read additional pieces by Harriett Burt Read more

Resident Spotlight - Geoffrey Harmer

Resident Spotlight - Geoffrey Harmer

Geoffrey Harmer was born April 17, 1936 in Greenville, a small community in Plumas County, in northeastern California. Geoff’s parents, Millie and Ralph, were high school teachers. His father taught music and was a public school administrator. He is an only child. Geoff was a Boy Scout and eventually achieved the rank of Eagle Scout; becoming an Eagle Scout is his favorite childhood memory. After their time in Greenville, Geoff’s family moved to the small town of Quincy, where he attended high school. After graduating, he studied industrial engineering at Stanford University. With his degree, he became an assembly engineer and worked at various companies around Silicon Valley. Geoff met his future wife, Jane, when he was taking meals at a boarding house in Sacramento. One day, after a swimming class, he was dehydrated and was drinking water in the kitchen. Jane, who also ate her meals at the boarding house, noticed him because she thought it was strange that he was drinking so much water! They went to the movies for their first date. He recalls that their first kiss was like something out of a movie: while he was walking her home one night, they slipped on the sidewalk, caught each other, and kissed. When Geoff asked Jane to marry him, she initially told him she would have to think about it as she thought it was too soon. Geoff laughs when he remembers the night she accepted his proposal. They had just returned from a date, and while she was standing in her doorway she said “ok, I will marry you!” and then shut the door in his face! They were married on April 7, 1962. They had three children together: Craig, Lisa, and Stacey. Geoff has one granddaughter, Chihiro. Geoff and Jane took a memorable extended trip to Northern Europe. He especially enjoyed their travels in Finland; Jane’s mother was Finnish, and they enjoyed discovering her heritage and learning more about her culture. He also loved Amsterdam and St. Petersburg, Russia. Geoff moved to Carlton Davis in December 2019; he remembers the date clearly because it was Friday the 13th! He has many favorite Carlton things, but his top two favorites are the dining room and our activities. He loves classical music and jazz. His favorite meal is a rare steak with asparagus. He loves coffee ice cream. He enjoys building model airplanes. Geoff most admires his late wife, Jane. He describes himself as hardworking, social and honest. He would like to be remembered as the proud father of three successful children. Seeing them grow up, build their own lives, and become accomplished adults is his favorite life experience. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Jessalyn Eernisse, Personal Expressions Manager at Carlton Senior Living Davis Read more

"Paul Moser: Part of An Invasion that Fortunately Never Happened," by Harriett Burt

A short story from one of Carlton's many veterans as written by Carlton Pleasant Hill-Martinez resident, Harriett Burt. Paul Moser graduated in 1942 from Pittsburg High School (California), a US Steel mill town across the country from the original US Steel mill in Pittsburg, (Pennsylvania). He and his three best friends signed up for the service in 1943, Paul choosing the US Navy’s V-12 program which trained young enlistees to be Naval officers. He took ‘basic training’ at San Mateo Junior College and was accepted to Midshipman School at Northwestern University in Chicago. It was a 90-day training program. When asked if that made him a ’90-day-wonder,’ the sarcastic slang term I grew up hearing? Besides “yes,” he corrected the slang phrase as it was used at the time by enlisted crew members. “90-Day-Blunders’ is what they called us,” he says, which he admits was not completely wrong. He was sent to New Orleans and assigned to an LST (Landing Ship, Tanks), a ship that was used throughout the Pacific and most famously, for the landing at Normandy. Paul’s friend and table mate at the Carlton Pleasant-Hill Martinez, Jim Tresposkoufes, rode in an LST to Omaha Beach. In 1944, Paul was transferred from New Orleans to the Philippines where the Japanese had just been “largely” defeated with a few being captured or escaping to home or into the jungles of the various islands of the archipelago, where they died or were eventually captured, some a few decades after the battle. Equipment was being gathered and training underway for an invasion of Japan when Paul arrived. At the age of 20, he was named “Executive Officer” (second in command) of Ship 741 over four officers and 110 sailors. “LSTs won the war,” Winston Churchill said later according to Paul. Had they been needed for a fight in the Japanese home islands, Paul and all the others who were being trained not to mention the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, knew it would have been a ‘fight to the last man’ by the Japanese as it had already been on the Pacific islands up to and including Okinawa. Only a literal handful of the American military, a few scientists, and the Soviets as it turned out, knew the Manhattan Project was about to achieve the atom bomb. Paul and the 741 crew used the time in the Philippines to train. He describes the LST training as “An operation designed by geniuses to be used by idiots.” He describes himself as one of the idiots. An interesting point Paul makes is that by 1943-44, very few of his high school classmates were joining the service because it was so easy to get well-paying jobs in the war industries locally. Besides US Steel, Dow Chemical had a big plant in Pittsburg. Nearby were oil refineries such as Associated on the Martinez/Concord border and Shell Oil and Shell Chemical in Martinez not to mention C&H Sugar and Union Oil in Crockett and Rodeo. He chose to sign up for the Navy for patriotic reasons. On August 9, 1945, the Japanese emperor, Hirohito, announced the Japanese army would surrender following the second atom bomb drop on Nagasaki. After a week of internal and external back-and-fourth, Japan officially surrendered on the Allied terms on August 15. Paul and the crew of 741 brought the ship home to Martinez, anchoring right offshore of what is now Waterfront Park. Since the ship was stocked full of all kinds of supplies, the crew including Paul were allowed to help themselves. Since he lived so close by that his dad could come pick him up in a car, Paul grabbed a pistol, some tools and lots of food which his family enjoyed. What really stands out in his mind 75 years later? “To me,” he says, “one of the greatest things we (the United States) ever did was the GI Bill of Rights which made it possible for so many veterans to go to college. We got $65 a month to cover tuition and all supplies. ‘The Greatest Generation?’, the GI Bill was part of that.” Learn more about Paul: Resident Spotlight - Paul Moser Written by Harriett Burt, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill-Martinez Resident Read additional pieces by Harriett Burt Read more

Resident Spotlight - John VerWey

Resident Spotlight - John VerWey

Meet John VerWey, Carlton Senior Living's spotlight resident - John was born on July 11, 1930 to parents Anna and Bert VerWey in Inwood, Iowa. His parents were Dutch immigrants who worked on a rented farm. John has three sisters—Susan, Anna-Mae, and Bernice—and one brother, Richard. John lived in Inwood until 1950 when he joined the United States Air Force. He served for three years and was stationed in Rapid City, South Dakota. While in the Air Force, John met his wife, Evelyn. She came to the airbase with a friend of hers who was dating a friend of his. John’s friend set them up on a blind date; John says he knew almost immediately that she was “the one.” They were married on December 14, 1952 and were together for 67 years. They had three children together: Lisa, who lives in Virginia, Jeff, who lives in Seattle, and Paul, who lives in Davis. After he left the Air Force, John and Evelyn settled in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He worked in electrical wholesale for 38 years. They were able to take a number of interesting vacations over the years. John’s favorite was a trip to Alaska. They also traveled to the Panama Canal, Mississippi, Germany, and the Netherlands. John moved to Davis in November to be closer to his son, Paul. He feels welcome here at Carlton Davis and likes the employees. John’s favorite life experience is either the blind date he met his wife on, or the birth of his first child. John describes himself as kind, a listener, and a teacher. He would like to be remembered as good, considerate, a dad, and someone who was able to teach others right from wrong. He enjoys classical music, woodworking, hunting, and fishing. He looks forward to receiving and reading his quarterly copy of South Dakota Magazine. His favorite foods include breakfast, sirloin steak, and apple pie with ice cream. He loves the smell of garlic. He most admires his late wife, Evelyn. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Ben Slade, Resident Liaison at Carlton Senior Living Davis Read more

Arnold and Josephine Banta - A Thank You to the Entire Carlton Staff

Arnold and Josephine Banta - A Thank You to the Entire Carlton Staff

Dear Tracey, Evelyn, and the Entire Carlton Staff, On behalf of the entire family, I wanted to send you a formal thank you to everyone at Carlton Downtown Pleasant Hill. I apologize that it has taken a long time for me to actually get around to finishing it.  I don’t think that there are adequate words or gestures that can express our immense gratitude for everything that the Carlton Team did for my mom and dad. From September of 2016 to June of 2020, everyone at Carlton did everything to make sure that my parents had a safe and comfortable time during their final years Arnie and Jo were just shy of their 97th and 96th birthdays when they moved in to Carlton. We were very fortunate that they were able to live in their own home for so many years. The transition was difficult, and despite that fact, they both did their best and did not complain to my brothers and I about the drastic change in their lives. One thing that they did not change was their wake up time. Breakfast at noon was their norm, and the Carlton staff did their best to accommodate the unconventional newcomers. I regret that neither one of my parents participated very much in all the social activities that Carlton had to offer. But, to each his own.  Throughout their lives, my mom and dad were two of the most social people that one could know. They never met a party that they did not like and want to attend. They hosted some legendary New Years Eve parties in their Walnut Creek home for a number of years that were enjoyed by their many friends. By their mid 90’s they started to slow down a bit, and they were totally content to spend most of their time at home.  When they got to Carlton, I was happy for them to do as they pleased. The bottom line for me was safety. For the first time in years, I knew that caring and helpful people were available 24 hours a day to assist them should the need arise. And you did. Losing my dad in 2018 was quite difficult for my mom, but she did her best to move ahead. I had lots of opportunities to spend quality time with her during her final years. The call I received the morning of June 6th from Evelyn was definitely unexpected at that time.  I knew that phone call would come eventually. But, after my mom reached 99 1/2 years, I no longer made any predictions about what the future would bring. Or when. I had just seen my mother in person on June 4th when I drove her home from the hospital. Busting out of the hospital was a relief, and she was in good spirits (despite a broken wrist) as we headed back to Carlton. One of the first things she asked me was, “What day is it today?”  I said, “It is Thursday, June 4th.” She told me that the nurses kept asking her that question “over and over.”  “I guess they thought I was nuts.”  Then she said, “And the year is 2020, correct?”  I confirmed it.  She said, “Good.  I got that right.” Because she nailed the correct year, I pronounced her officially “Not Nuts,” and I believe she was pleased. Although we all were saddened with the loss of my parents, I know that I have no right to complain. My dad lived to age 98, and my mom lived to age 99 1/2. Their marriage lasted 71 1/2 years, and their lives were filled with many adventures, a huge number of friends, and an appreciative and loving family. I do know that the past 2 1/2 years, without my dad’s presence, there were a lot of lonely moments for my mom. I knew it, and I always liked to get her out of Carlton and have her over to our house for dinner. She loved Debbie’s cooking, and she enjoyed the socializing. She even got to know the little neighborhood cat that comes by our place on a frequent basis. Summer evenings on our patio were very enjoyable for her, and I was looking forward to more of those outdoor evenings with her as summer approached. When I think about my mom and how I would define her life, I always think about the Fidels. The Fidels were 14 young ladies in High School (Oakland, CA) who were devoted friends to each other, and they formed their own Fidelis Club in 1936. It was not an official High School club, but just a group organized by them in celebration of their friendship  “Fidelis” is the Latin word for “faithful.” These ladies remained faithful to each other throughout their lives. Even as they all got busy with life after High School, they stayed in touch and socialized. The husbands of the Fidels all became unofficial members of the group (a Fidel husband), and it seemed like everyone enjoyed each others company. They shared many good times throughout the years. One tradition that they kept alive for many years was the annual Christmas party.  One Fidel would host the party (they took turns) in early December, and all the Fidels and husbands would try to make it to the party. Turnout was usually very good. When my parents lived in Missouri and then in Georgia, the one thing my mother missed at Christmas was not being able to attend her Fidel Christmas party. She would usually attend by phone and chat with everyone there. I do recall that when my parents lived in Georgia, they did return to the Bay Area one December so they could attend the party in person. When they moved back to California in 1977, attendance at the Christmas party was at the top of the To Do list for December. My mom even got to host a couple parties in her Escondido home. I know that I told a number of people at Carlton that Doris Miller was one of the Fidel girls. My mom and Doris had a friendship that started in High School. In one picture that I included (Fidel Party-1980’s), Doris is in the top row, 4th lady from the left.  My brothers and I all really enjoyed the opportunity to visit with Doris during our visits to Carlton. It was a pleasure to get to know Doris’ family as well. Friendship was the key. Family and friendship were the priorities for both of my parents. Through the years, we have collected lots of great memories and photos that capture many of the special moments in their lives with their family and friends. I am the keeper of most of the photos, and I will stay busy for many years organizing and enjoying them. In closing, I will say again that our family remains very thankful that my parents were in such great hands while they lived at Carlton. It was a short but special chapter in their lives. We continue to think of you, and we wish all the best for everyone. Stay well, stay safe, and keep up the excellent work. Love and happiness to all, Ralph, Gary, Paul, & Debbie, The Banta Family Read more

Welcome Claudia Graetsch-Vasquez!

Welcome Claudia Graetsch-Vasquez!

As we near the end of 2020 we wish to express our gratitude for who the year has brought into the Carlton Senior Living family. Among these individuals we welcome onboard Claudia Graetsch-Vasquez as our new Dietitian and Nutritionist for all Carlton Senior Living communities. We invite you to read more about how Claudia first became interested in the field of nutrition, what motivates her, the thing she is looking forward to most and how she chooses to “live her life.” Claudia attended Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill directly after graduating high school to complete some undergraduate work. She then transferred to Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo to pursue a major in Biology. It was then, that she first became interested in the field of nutrition. She knew she had a passion to work in the health care field. After about a year into her studies at Cal Poly, she decided she wanted to obtain a greater specialization within the field. In a meeting with her counselor, she was introduced to the field of Nutrition. As Claudia recalls, “I was living away from home, taking charge of my health and became personally interested in nutrition so I thought it would be an interesting field to study and work in.” Upon graduating as a Nutrition Graduate, one of the routes she could pursue was becoming a Registered Dietitian. As Claudia shares, it “seemed like the best next step for me.” She was extremely interested in working clinically within the hospital, specifically within the Critical Care setting. She was motivated to help people feel better and meet their nutrition needs throughout their illness and recovery. In order to become a Registered Dietitian, she was required to attend a national dietetic internship program. Her internship was based out of Napa State Hospital with various rotations around hospitals and clinics in the Bay Area. Without a doubt, Claudia has a passion to serve others and to help them reach their health and wellness goals while teaching and empowering them to manager their chronic diseases. Nutrition has always been a hot topic and with that comes the realm of myths & misinformation. She enjoys, as she says, “setting the record straight” and teaching people how to stay informed by doing their research to remain wise and avoid any scams. She became a Registered Dietitian in 1997, and after being in practice for over 20 years we would agree that it certainly has been the right fit. Within this time, she has been a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) for almost 15 years. The CDE credential has recently changed and she is now known as a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist otherwise known as a CDCES. When asked about her professional experience and accomplishments, she reflected on one of the great aspects of being a Dietitian, and that is the varied experience and jobs that she has had the privilege to hold. She spent the first 10 years of her career working clinically within a local county hospital and health clinics. The experience, as she puts it, “was so valuable being exposed to so many cultures as well as illnesses.” She then transitioned to working primarily within Chronic Disease Management mostly focused on Diabetes. The clinics served both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes as well as Gestational Diabetes. Patients were seen individually as well as in group classes. She has also worked as a Research Dietitian, a weight loss Dietitian in a medically supervised weight loss program and as a Health & Wellness Dietitian for the employees of John Muir Health. Last but certainly not least, she is currently working as a Corporate Wellness Dietitian for John Muir Health as well as a Consultant Dietitian for a few telehealth companies. A good friend and fellow Dietitian, Kitty Lenhart introduced Claudia to Carlton Senior Living. Since joining our team, she shares that she is looking forward to working with our amazing residents as well as their families and our wonderful staff. She is hoping to help enhance the menu’s offered and provide nutrition and health education for all.  At Carlton Senior Living we go by our slogan, “Live Your Life.” Claudia shared with us that in living her life, “I really try to practice what I preach – most of the time (I call it the 80/20 plan). I enjoy good healthy food and love the great outdoors. I share this love with my family; my husband and two sons, ages 13 and 11. My favorite activity is trail running – the farther the better. I’ve completed many Ultramarathons!”     Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom. ~ Jack Lalanne Read more