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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

Resident Spotlight - Hank & Rhoda Bruett

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight residents, Hank and Rhoda Bruett. Hank was born in Brunsbüttel, in Northern Germany near Hamburg. His parents and whole family lived there, and as he puts it, “Everyone in my family lived within 35 miles of there, and we only had bicycles and no cars, so if you wanted to meet and marry someone, you would have to ride your bike to the nearest town.” Hank had an uncle living in Bolinas, in Marin County, who asked if Hank or his brother wanted to move out to California. Hank jumped at the idea and set forth for America when he was 19 years old. Rhoda was born in Woodland, California, where her grandmother ran a boarding house. Rhoda was attending San Jose State for a degree in Education when Hank was working for Pacific Gas and Electric and was assigned a job in Dixon. Rhoda’s grandmother wrote to her, saying that she had to come home to meet the man who was staying in the boarding house. Hank says one day he saw a blue dress hanging up, and “wanted to meet the girl who came with it.” The two of them hit it off and now have been married 63 years. Hank continued to work for PG&E, SMUD, and an elevator and escalator conveyance company. Prior to retiring, he ran his own electrical contracting company in Davis. Rhoda taught kindergarten and then became certified as a Braillist, transcribing documents, papers, and other literature into Braille for the San Juan Unified School District’s blind students and teachers. They have two sons: Brooks, who lives in Oregon and is a manager for State Farm Insurance, and Jeff, an electrical contractor, who resides in Sacramento. Hank and Rhoda describe some of their favorite life experiences as being able to travel with their family, and also as a couple, on cruise ships to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, and Hawaii. Their life philosophy is to “enjoy every day, and each other,” and also that “attitude is everything.” They add to “never go to bed mad.” When asked who they most admire, Rhoda says her mother, as she was happy-go-lucky, and a positive thinker. Hank states that he admires the people who had the foresight to plan and build railroads and dams, find ways to climb mountains and get through deserts, create jobs, and had the get-up and go to get things done. Hank and Rhoda enjoy the wide variety of meals here at Carlton Senior Living Davis, listening to Big Band Music and Lawrence Welk, and enjoy their time spent together and meeting others.   View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Eric Demuth     Read more

Resident Spotlight - Betty Powell: Celebrating 5 Generations of Family

Proud grandmother of four, great-grandma of four more and great-great-grandma of one, Betty Powell is a source of inspiration to the younger members of her family. [caption id="attachment_18906" align="alignright" width="300"] Betty visiting with granddaughter, Heather, and the latest addition to the family, Braiden.[/caption] "My grandmother has been one of the most inspirational people in my life. She has taught me to keep a positive outlook on life, stay physically active, be kind and patient with others, and that there's always a good reason to eat chocolate!" - Heather, Betty's granddaughter   Read more about this amazing mother and grandmother who remains active and involved in her community at 103 years-young as written by her daughter, Nancy Okeefe:     [caption id="attachment_18902" align="alignright" width="350"] Betty with family from Colorado.[/caption] Betty was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a 13 year-old-child, she spent the summer in Europe and still has fond memories of that trip. She attended Stephens College in Missouri and Michigan State University where she studied Physical Education. In 1938, Betty married Robert “Bob” Kingwill. They had 2 children, Nancy and Fred. Betty volunteered at her church and at two local hospitals. Many hours were spent at high school sporting events watching son, Fred, a “star” athlete, compete. Family and friends also enjoyed attending Michigan State football games. Even today, Betty is an avid fan of Michigan State football and basketball. After Bob passed away at an early age, Betty married Chuck Powell. The couple enjoyed many trips together, visiting family in Colorado, Wyoming, and California. Travel has been a big part of Betty’s life. Daughter, Nancy, worked for a cruise line and was able to take Betty to Alaska several times. Betty played tennis until she was 90 years old and only stopped when she no longer has doubles partners. Now she enjoys watching the Tennis Channel. [caption id="attachment_18904" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nancy and Betty visiting with Heather's family[/caption] In 2007, Betty moved to Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill to be closer to Nancy and grand-daughters Heather and Amy who live in the East Bay. Her son, Fred, retired from the U.S. Forest Service in Jackson, Wyoming, spends his free time painting with watercolors. Betty looks forward to visits from family, especially great-grandson, Conor, son of granddaughter, Kelly and her husband, Jim, both doctors livings in Colorado. Grandson, Rob, chose snowboarding as his profession and also lives in Jackson Wyoming. Now at Carlton Senior Living Poet’s Corner, Betty rarely misses an exercise class. This centenarian enjoys her many friends, singing and taking part in the many community celebrations. Written by Nancy O'Keefe, Daughter of Betty Powell     Read about how Grandparents Connect the Generations and view additional Resident Spotlight articles on Carlton's blog.     Read more

Grandparents Connect the Generations

You probably remember your grandparents telling tales from their childhood—their struggles, triumphs and what it was like growing up back then. At the time, you may not have understood the significance of these family stories and the lessons hidden within but now these anecdotes are likely among your collection of most treasured memories. Regardless of the relationship, you had with your grandparents, their mere existence no doubt influenced and shaped the person you are today. As a matter of fact, the role of grandparent is so significant and vital that National Grandparents Day was established to honor and affirm the unique role grandparents play in families across the country. Each year National Grandparents Day falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day and this year will be observed on September 9th. The concept of Grandparents Day was conceived by Marian McQuade in the early 1970’s and National Grandparents Day was established by official proclamation from President Jimmy Carter in 1979. In part, his proclamation read: “Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near-past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us. Whether they are our own or surrogate grandparents who fill some of the gaps in our mobile society, our senior generation also provides our society a link to our national heritage and traditions.” Unlike Mother’s and Father’s Day, Marian McQuade did not envision the holiday as “belonging” to grandparents. Instead, she saw it as a day of celebration which would allow different generations within a family to connect and share their knowledge. Although McQuade intended for grandparents to be honored on this day, she also felt that it was an opportunity for grandparents to confirm their loving legacy while passing on their years of wisdom and insight to the following generations. National Grandparents Day helps to cultivate intergenerational relationships and friendships in general regardless of familial connections. Many elder Americans living in senior communities have found this to be particularly true because of the meaningful friendships they’ve established with the younger associates and volunteers working within their communities. This point is particularly true for Bill Hall, a resident of Carlton Senior Living, who declared that a birthday celebration hosted for him by his “Carlton Family” made him happier than any event during his entire ninety-five years of life. Stories like this offer a unique perspective on the importance of establishing these timeless bonds between the generations regardless of family connection. Whether or not you have grandparents or grandchildren to share with on National Grandparents Day, it is important to remember that before you reap the rewards of intergenerational friendships, you must first put time into cultivating them. Be it the simple act of sharing a story or a shared experience like with the senior living associates throwing Bill the party of a lifetime, each generation has something unique and valuable to offer.     Written by Denee Coleman Read about Carlton resident and grandmother, Betty Powell, who remains active and involved in her Carlton community at 103 years-young: Resident Spotlight - Betty Powell, Celebrating 5 Generations of Family     Read more

Broadening Horizons with a Positive Approach

At Carlton Senior Living we believe firmly in empowering our team members to seek out and gain knowledge and insight from professionals in the field. Within the US and Canada, Teepa Snow is acknowledged as one of the leading educators on dementia and the care that accompanies it. One of Carlton’s very own, Katheryn Winter, Manager of Talent Acquisition recently attended two-day training with Teepa Snow to become a Positive Approach to Care certified trainer. Katheryn, having graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development was extremely motivated to choose an internship with Carlton. She saw this opportunity as the perfect setting for a recent college graduate, such as herself, because it allowed her to gain firsthand experience in a field she held a keen interest in. She was given a chance to shadow in all community departments including but not limited to; clinical, culinary, activities and administration. Having not had any prior experience or knowledge in assisted living or memory care she didn’t have an initial perspective on what to expect before the internship. However, being immersed in different roles during the intern process, she found it was a great way to learn about Carlton and gain an understanding of the type of care our setting provides for residents. She formulated a well-rounded knowledge of what senior living is and how all of the departments interact with each other to reach a common goal in assisting our residents with their individual needs. In her words, “introducing recent graduates to an industry that they potentially know little about…usually, this transforms into a love for senior living.”     Upon completing her internship with Carlton, it was no surprise that Katheryn discovered her values aligned closely with Carlton’s vision. She joined our HR and Staff Development team and was hired on as our Manager of Talent Acquisition. This opportunity allowed her to exercise leadership, management, and teamwork. She feels that “it is such a joy working with prospective staff, new staff and veteran staff in my everyday environment.” For Katheryn, she shared that Carlton has created a space for self-growth and personal development which has made her feel honored to be a part of a company that supports her as a professional. When asked how the training she received from Teepa Snow changed her perspective on things she shared the following viewpoints. “The training with Teepa Snow was a huge learning experience for me. In college, I studied Human Development and was really interested in learning more about dementia. I have a grandmother living with dementia, which is what initially started my interest in this field. The training with Teepa Snow allowed me to be more empathetic and understanding to those persons living with dementia. I learned that my visual and verbal approach combined with physical touch has a huge impact on my communication with these residents. I learned that some residents may respond better to visual or physical cues, rather than verbal and vice versa. This training allowed me to challenge myself in better communicating with residents living with dementia.”   From all of her Carlton Senior Living family, we take a moment to congratulate her on her success thus far and cannot wait to see the next steps for her as a professional. We know that she will implement the knowledge gained from her training and experience with Teepa to empower our associates and help to support the dignity and independence of our residents facing memory progression. Special thanks to Katheryn herself for taking the time to share her insight on this experience and the knowledge she has gained.  Read more

Ask The Elders: How to Stress Less & Refresh

Carlton’s residents love sharing the wisdom they've have gained through years of experience. This month Memory Care residents from Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove have some practical parenting advice to offer. The next letter in our "Ask the Elders" series was submitted by a repressed parent who is in desperate need of some personal time.     Dear Elders: My life is so busy and chaotic that I often feel overwhelmed. My family is very demanding of my time and I'm in need of some serious stress relief. What advice can you give me to help me get through the day? --Stressed & Stretched Thin   Stressed & Stretched Thin: All parents have felt the urge to raise the white flag of surrender at some point and feeling overwhelmed by family demands is very normal. Stress affects people in different ways causing some to feel compelled to run around the block screaming when their stress threshold is challenged while others may feel the compulsion to retreat and hibernate like a bear. While these options may be effective temporarily, they are not long-term solutions. A great way to deal with stress and to improve your health overall is to get lots of sleep. Adequate rest will help you to refresh so that you can meet the challenges of the day without feeling so exhausted and overwhelmed. It's also important to make time in your schedule, at least monthly, to do something that you enjoy. Whether it be a relaxing day of fishing or going out for dinner and drinks with friends, it's critical to set time aside for yourself. While renting the kids out to your neighbors may get into trouble, it's okay to ask a family member or friend to watch the kids for a couple of hours so that you can de-stress, relax or simply accomplish some of the things from your own personal to-do list. We hope this advice helps you to feel less overwhelmed and more relaxed so that you can enjoy all of the precious moments with your growing family. --Elder Advice Panel, Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove - Memory Care     Need Advice? Contact Carlton with your question or conundrum and your submission may be selected to go before our panel of thoughtful seniors who will offer the kind of guidance and wisdom that can only be gained from years of experience. View additional advice letters: Ask the Elders     Read more