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

Hands On with Carlton Leadership

“One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.” – Jim Rohn As we continue to celebrate American Education Week, we take a moment to share with you our 2018 Carlton Leadership class and showcase their clinical class session that they completed earlier this year at our Carlton Senior Living Sacramento Community. These professionals all applied from the 11 Carlton Senior Living communities, were interviewed and then selected to embark on a new journey. This class is an intensified program, which offers each individual vast opportunity to grow as a leader in their current role and to expand their horizons on next steps within their career at Carlton. Gaining insight during their exposure to various departments helps them learn the operational aspects of what it takes to lead a team at a community from the role of an Executive Director and how each department is a critical aspect to that success. The clinical class overviews breakout sessions outlining various aspects of our care services offered, the team dynamics that support the assisted living care of our residents and in-depth perspectives on the roles of Caregivers, Medication Technicians and our Nursing staff. With a total of 8 stations the class is exposed during the rotations to various scenarios that help them troubleshoot clinical aspects that could arise for our residents in the assisted living community. They have a chance to learn and utilize tools that our community clinical teams use on a daily basis. Everything from documentation and family care conferences to medication management and nursing services is overviewed. We have taken a moment to outline briefly each station and have showcased some amazing photos of our participants on this day. Station 1: Activities of Daily Living Demonstrations Participants were taught how to perform assistance with care services, safe transfers using a gait belt as well as the correct use of Camel Lift and the proper purpose and use of personal protective equipment also known as PPE.                                                Station 2 and 3: Unusual Incident Reports & Documentation Participants were taught the purpose of the Unusual Incident/Injury Report (LIC 624) and the ways in which it is to be appropriately filled out for submission to the Department of Social Services. Participants were taught how to properly document according to both state and company policy. They were then given a scenario to document to ensure the were taking the appropriate notes per policy.                   Station 4 & 5: Family Care Conferences & Dynamics Participants had the chance to meet with a clinical specialist on the Carlton team who helped them learn the purpose of a family care conference and the ways in which we strive to provide and promote empathy and sensitive to both our residents and their family members. This is particularly important when addressing a resident's change in condition and care services needed to safely meet those needs presenting.                           Station 6: Medication Management Each participant had a chance to sit down with Marco Santos, our Vice President of Clinical Operations as he discussed the program QuickMar, instructed on how to properly interpret a resident's Medication Administration Record and pour the medications accordingly. Each participant was given a pack of medications that were M&M's and each packet listed the name of a cartoon character name to be used in this scenario for training purposes only.             Station 7: Nursing Demonstrations Our Director of Clinical Operations, Michelle Gailey spent time with each group to explain the role of the community nurse, as well as various aspects of care that a nurse leads including; various catheters, colostomy bags, safety syringes, glucometers and certain types of wounds that can be treated in our setting. Station 8: Clinical Quiz The groups each participated in a clinical quiz that covered a variety of topics overviewed throughout the day. It was a fun and friendly competition between the teams.  We extend our appreciation to the following individuals for making this blog a success. Thank you to the Carlton Senior Living Sacramento community for hosting our 2018 Leadership Class at their community for the day. Thank you to all of the facilitators who loaned us their time and knowledge to help make this day a success. Thank you to Lindsey Flores for coordinating and seeing through her vision for this day, helping to uphold all clinical aspects in the highest regard. Thank you to the participants of this years 2018 Leadership class for your eagerness to learn, your passion and your energy.   Read more

Hands On with Carlton University

“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” ~Bertrand Russell In recognition of American Education Week, Carlton Senior Living is thrilled to announce that our Carlton University Instructors; Kasie Wimmer, Veronica Pavlakis and Micki Thao as well as Katheryn Winter, Manager of Talent Acquisition, have all become trained and certified through the Teepa Snow Positive Approach to Care (PAC) Program! Carlton Senior Living is currently the only adult living in California hosting the required initial clinical caregiver training live as opposed to utilizing a computer based training program.  This being said we have been able to further enhance our hands on training with both new associates as well as our veteran associates by introducing foundational elements of the Teepa Snow PAC training. Offering the hands on approach allows our associates to have a chance to connect with one another, demonstrate skills and techniques learned and be able to reflect on this experience as a tool to enhance their professional engagement with residents.     Our Carlton Senior Living Instructors are led by our Director of Staff Education and Development, Lindsey Flores. Lindsey, alumni of California State University Sacramento graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. While still completing her undergraduate degree, she was initially hired on in the role of an Activities Assistant at our Carlton Senior Living Sacramento community in 2005. Since being hired on with Carlton Senior Living she has held 8 different positions which have allowed her to gain invaluable knowledge and insight into the industry of senior living. Although the roles have changed for her the one constant thing that has remained throughout is, as she puts it, “my love for seniors, and serving them with dignity and compassion” this above all else Lindsey states “will always be my priority.” It would come as no surprise that given her vast experience and knowledge in the field she has since been invited back to Sacramento State to speak on a panel with other professionals surrounding the topic of Gerontology. For Lindsey that experience was surreal as you returned to her alma mater with the opportunity to speak to student. She believed in “allowing them to see that there are great career opportunities in this field- and that their Sacramento State degree can get them there.” For herself she originally didn’t know that Assisted Living or working in that capacity would be a viable career option. However, her passion to serve seniors led her to apply for a part-time position with Carlton which she thought would be a short term job as she completed her undergraduate degree. Little did she know what was to come! She explains that “becoming an employee, I was exposed to many different career paths such as sales, clinical, social work, business administration and beyond! Over time, I began to love my experiences at Carlton so much that I knew I could not leave.” Since discovering that revelation professionally, Lindsey has celebrated 13 years with Carlton and counting. She truly has stood by the fact that her love for seniors is her “foundational truth” which has allowed her to truly find not only a job that she loves but opportunities to thrive in her career.       Our Manager of Talent Acquisition, Katheryn Winter shares with us that, becoming PAC certified helped her to have a greater understanding of how to approach individuals living with a dementia diagnosis. The program allowed her to see inside the mind of someone living with dementia, which helped her gain a greater empathy to those affected.  For Katheryn the benefits of the program extend beyond the professional side of her life as she shares that “not only do I get the privilege to apply these tools every day at work, but also in my own home, as I have a grandmother living with dementia. The Positive Approach to Care certification rewarded me with better awareness and knowledge of how to be a care partner for her.” Professionally, she is thrilled to bring the content she and the instructors have learned to Carlton Senior Living associates. She truly feels that because there are so many ways to navigate different situations that one might encounter when working with those living with dementia, having the right tools and knowledge will allow the individual to be better equipped to care for our residents.           Kasie Wimmer, one of our Carlton Senior Living Instructors, was recently interviewed by Diane Slovin, PAC US Public Certifications Program Director, regarding her experience at the PAC Trainer Certification event that she had attended earlier in the year. The interview overviews Kasie’s experience becoming PAC certified from her point of view, what surprised her during the training, what she plans to do differently moving forward and how utilizing the training she completed has led her to become, in her words, “a fundamentally better facilitator.” The biggest reward for her since becoming PAC certified has been the ability to address the fact that people learn differently and to meet those learning needs. The goal she hopes to extend to the associates whom she trains and teaches is the gift of investment. She hopes that our associates can “realize through the live training and via the PAC certified trainers that we want them to be successful and apart of the changing culture that will inevitably improve the lives of our residents and our teams!” We invite you now to read the full discussion at “Interview with a PAC Trainer.”         Below are two of our new hires demonstrating assisting a resident dress using the “Hand Under Hand” technique from Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care. Read more

Chef Jon's Fall Acorn Squash Soup Recipe

Fall not only marks the beginning of the holiday season it also marks the beginning of soup season. And since there's no better way to warm your family up on a chilly day than with a nice bowl of soup, we're highlighting this flavorful fall soup recipe from Chef Jon Platz of Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill. Chef Jon's recipe is just one of many featured in Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill's Second Edition of the 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, we raised over $22,000 for Walk to End Alzheimer's and each book purchased moves us closer to our goal. The cookbook features a variety of recipes including Sexy Shrimp Dip, Autumn Apple & Spinach Salad, and decadent Pumpkin Cheesecake and will be available mid-December. You can pre-order 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 Chef Jon's Fall Acorn Squash Soup recipe from the Second Edition of the Cookbook For a Cure: Pre-Order the Second Edition of the Cookbook For a Cure today! Visit the Cookbook For a Cure page for ordering instructions. 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 - James Weeks

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, James “Jim” Weeks - James was born on May 15, 1943, in Saint Louis, Missouri to Mary Kunz and James Weeks. His sister, Sandy Shy, now lives in Southern California, sisters Laurie McLean and Rose Mary Mayo live in Missouri, and his brother Richard Hoepfner now lives Tennessee. As a child growing up he always wanted to be like his dad, a hardworking man. His dad worked for the same company for 40 years which amazed him and learned the true value of work. Jim’s favorite childhood memory is living with his grandmother who he felt was the smartest lady and best cook. His first job was at Western Union as a messenger. After James completed his orientation at the United States Naval Training Center (NTC) of Great Lakes, Illinois and first moved to California in 1962 as a Radioman (RM) for the United States Navy. As a Radioman, James specialized in communications technology. After his time in the service, he worked for the United States Postal Services for 32 years prior to retirement. James was married to Sheryl for twenty years and the couple raised two wonderful children together. Even after retirement, he held worked several different security jobs which gave him a sense of purpose and allowed him to keep busy. James has always enjoyed exploring new places and the best traveling experience he had was driving with this family through California and Nevada. He now has four granddaughters who he enjoys spending time with whenever he gets the chance. One piece of advice he would give to the younger generations is to stay in school and get an education. James feels that it’s important to never stop learning because when you stop learning, you stop growing. When it comes to family, James feels it’s important to have good communication so that close bonds can be formed to support each other. If his kids had to describe him they’d say he was a firm but loving father. The proudest moments for James were when his children graduated high school and when he became a grandfather for the first time. Being a grandparent has provided him the opportunity to see his children become parents and being able to enjoy every moment of it. Three words that best describe Jim are honest, determined and friendly and he’d like to be remembered as a good, hardworking guy. His biggest hopes are to live to be 90-years-old and to continue creating wonderful memories with his loved ones. He’d also love to someday take an Alaskan Cruise. It’s James' belief that happiness is about having a peaceful environment and enjoying what you do. An example of this is a man who James worked with at Fry’s – This fellow coworker was helpful and influential to Jim as he was always supportive and made sure Jim has whatever he needed to have a successful day at work. James' favorite type of music is country-western which he gets plenty of at Carlton Senior Living Concord. Once he has settled in at Carlton Concord, he plans to participate in the casino outings and to keep busy in general. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Melissa Alvarez     Read more

Honoring Our Veterans: Stories of Service

Carlton Senior Living is thankful to our many veterans for their dedication and service to our country and we're proud to share their stories with you in honor of Veterans Day.   Wayne Springsteen - Army Air Corp, Air Force Active Reserve Springsteen enlisted in the Army Air Corp in Boise, Idaho. He completed training in the Aviation Cadet Program and qualified for bomber pilot, fighter pilot, navigator and bombardier. During his years in the Army, his duties included working on the flight line with B-25’s and B-17’s. He also cleaned and rebuilt Browning 50 Caliber machine guns for the B-17. After the war, he joined the Air Force Active Reserve in Richland, Washington. He attained the rank of technical sergeant and served as an air traffic control supervisor. He was discharged from the active reserve in July 1960. He received the World War II Victory Medal and is a lifetime member of the American Legion. Read more about this Carlton Senior Living Fremont resident and his Veteran of the Year award: Resident Spotlight - Wayne Springsteen   Jim Sander - US Navy   After graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA, he served in the U.S. Merchant Marines during WWII in both the Atlantic and Pacific war zones helping deliver critically needed transportation fuels to Navy warships and bases. He also served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. Today we salute veteran Jim Sander, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill resident, for his service and dedication to our country.     Jim Costa - US Navy   When Jim graduated from Marina High School the Vietnam War was raging and so he was obligated to register for the draft. Having received a draft number of sixty-six, he took his future into his own hands and enlisted in the Navy in hopes of seeing the world. Instead, he found himself stationed at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Texas working as a jet mechanic. Lucky for him, one of the perks of the job was flying in the two-seater TA-4J training jets and also flying in the cargo plans of the Blue Angels. His end of service with the Navy in 1973 marked the beginning of Jim’s “hippie years” which he fully embraced by growing out his hair while striving to attain enlightenment. Nowadays Jim jumps at the opportunity to dress up for the many special occasions at Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill which included a reappearance of his "hippie" persona. Read more about Jim and his interesting journey of reinvention: Resident Spotlight - Jim Costa Bill Larkins - US Army Air Force   William “Bill” Larkins has been photographing aircraft for over 75 years and is the founder of the American Aviation Historical Society. He is also the author or co-author of nine books on the subject of aviation history and his unique collection of photos can be found on numerous websites. Bill continues to assemble information that will allow for the complete and correct identification of the aircraft in the photos he has taken and collected and is a featured photography of the East Bay Hills Project. Coincidentally, it was Bill’s interest in aviation led to his exploration of aircraft photography. He earned his pilot’s license and served in the U.S. Army Air Forces for three years during World War II and for another three years with the California Air National Guard. Read more about Bill's amazing aeronautical career: Resident Spotlight - Bill Larkins John Connelly - US Army CIC   Soon after John completed his first year of college, he enlisted in the military. John served in the Army for three years as a special agent for the Counterintelligence Corps (Army CIC). He was first deployed to Fort Jackson, South Carolina in order to complete 16 weeks of basic military training. He was later deployed to Fort Holabird, Maryland, training as a special agent for the Counterintelligence Corps. He was last stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and it is there that he successfully completed 32 air drops. When John completed his three years in the military, he moved back to Sacramento, California and attended Sacramento State College to earn his Bachelor’s Degree emphasizing in history. Once he had completed his college degree, he was employed by the State of California as a Chief Administrator Officer, during this time he was also known as “Bob” due to his middle name, Robert. Throughout John’s 30 year career with the government, he held notable positions working in the Assembly Rules Committee and the Joint Legislative Committee. In 2012, John earned his Master’s Degree from Sacramento State University studying American and European history. John spent 30 years with the California Legislature, rising to the position of Chief Administrative Officer of the Assembly Rules Committee where he was responsible for computer, personnel, space management, utilities and policy committee programs. Read more about this Carlton Senior Living Sacramento resident and his incredible legislative career: Resident Spotlight - John Connelly Barbara Dunn - US Coast Guard   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 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. Read more about Barb and her dedication to missionary work: Resident Spotlight - Barbara Dunn Jim Loveless - US Army Sergeant Jim Loveless served US Army for six years. In the first few years after WWII, he served in Asia/Japan under General Douglas MacArthur and for his last few years of service, he as on active duty during the war against Korea. Fortunately, the US won the war and Jim came home. He felt grateful to be able to make it back home safely. One of his best friends didn't make it back like he did... one of his favorite songs being "Danny Boy," a song that Jim and his family would sing on family trips. Read more about this Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill resident and his unwavering strength: Celebrating Fatherhood: Heartfelt Tributes to Three Special Dads   Read more about Carlton Senior Living's many honored veterans.   Read more