Hands On with Carlton University

Hands On with Carlton University

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin At Carlton Senior Living we believe in our commitments to love, honor and provide for our residents and associates. Carlton University was established with the goal of offering a hands on approach for 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. Currently, Carlton Senior Living is the only adult living in California hosting the required initial clinical caregiver training live as opposed to u …


by Jessica Beck

Caregiver Resources, Carlton Associates & Career News, Carlton Senior Living

Hands On with Carlton Leadership

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 …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Caregiver Resources, Carlton Associates & Career News, Carlton Senior Living

Hands On with Carlton University

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 …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Caregiver Resources, Carlton Associates & Career News, Carlton Senior Living

Broadening Horizons with a Positive Approach

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 perfec …


by Jessica Beck

Alzheimer’s Care, Blog, Caregiver Resources, Carlton Associates & Career News, Carlton Senior Living, Community News, Dementia Care, Memory Care

Steps to Finding the Best Senior Care Community

Steps to Finding the Best Senior Care Community

It is reasonable that we all want to find the best possible place for our loved ones to stay after retirement. Finding a quality senior living community is important when you want to eventually make this new location your home. Because the stakes are high and the decision is a hard one, you want to make sure that you are making the right choice. These are the best ways that you can narrow down your options and come up with the right community for you. Determine Your Budget First The first thing that you need to figure out is how much you can afford. You need to take a moment and do the math. If you are unable to pay for a community, it does n …


by Jonita Dixon

Caregiver Resources, Independent Living & Assisted Living, Senior Living Lifestyle

Reasons to Hire a Geriatric Care Manager

Reasons to Hire a Geriatric Care Manager

As a family caregiver, it is normal to feel overwhelmed and anxious. You can relieve some of your stress by hiring a geriatric care manager. These professionals can help you understand the elder care system and help with potential caregiving decisions. These are a few of the different reasons that many families have decided to hire a geriatric care manager: Reason #1 – Make Better Decisions Having a geriatric care manager can may help with recommending changes and provide an honest assessment of whether our loved one is able to care for him/herself. It is normal to be personally invested in decisions as a caregiver, but with a geriatric care …


by Jonita Dixon

Assisted Living, Caregiver Resources, Senior Health, Senior Living

How To Avoid Caregiver Burnout

How To Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Although a caregiver is always worried about caring for someone else, it is also imperative that they care for themselves. Caregivers who are feeling fatigued and hopeless the majority of the time may be suffering from caregiver burnout. A few characteristics of caregiver burnout include: Isolation from others; withdrawal from friends, family and other loved ones Loss of interest in activities that were previously enjoyable Feelings of irritability, depression and hopelessness Mental and physical exhaustion Difficulty concentrating Changes in sleep patterns including restlessness Caregiver burnout can best be summarized as a state of physical …


by Jonita Dixon

Assisted Living, Blog, Caregiver Resources, Carlton Senior Living, Senior Living

Things That Shouldn’t Matter When Selecting Senior Housing

Things That Shouldn’t Matter When Selecting Senior Housing

When it comes to finding the right senior housing facility, there are a number of different factors that are very important. Determining the best senior housing option for your loved one is not only important to your state of mind, but also important for the future of your loved one. When following these following factors, people are often unhappy about their choice in the end: Factor #1 – Location Chances are that you want your loved one close to you to guarantee frequent visits. However, the truth is that the proximity to family should never be the primary reason that you select a senior housing option. Regardless of how often your loved on …


by Jonita Dixon

Assisted Living, Caregiver Resources, Independent Living & Assisted Living, Senior Living Lifestyle

Steps To Keep An Unsafe Driver Off The Road

Steps To Keep An Unsafe Driver Off The Road

What can you do if you know that your aging loved one is a hazard to him/herself and others on the road, but refuses to give up the car keys? We will discuss a number of different ways that you are able to persuade someone to retire from driving or just ensure that they do not have the option to get behind the wheel any longer. Your best option is going to depend on the personality of your loved one and the current situation. Option #1 – Get A Driving Assessment From An Occupational Therapist You will first have to find an occupational therapist who is a driving specialist, and you can then request a comprehensive driving evaluation for your …


by Jonita Dixon

Caregiver Resources, Senior Health & Wellness, Senior Living, Senior Living Lifestyle

Red Flags For Finding An Assisted Living Facility

Red Flags For Finding An Assisted Living Facility

If the time has come for your loved one to move into a long-term care facility, chances are that you want to find the best possible option for them. These are a few of the red flags that you want to be aware of that might indicate that this facility is not the right choice for your loved one. Red Flag #1 – Lack of Life Enrichment A good assisted living facility is going to offer stimulation for residents on an educational, social, physical, spiritual, and emotional level. You want to know what type of activities, services, and outings there are to offer encouragement and assistance – make sure that your assisted living facility stimulates act …


by Jonita Dixon

Assisted Living, Blog, Caregiver Resources, Carlton Senior Living, Independent Living & Assisted Living, Senior Living

Why Aging “In Community” Is Popular For Baby Boomers?

Why Aging “In Community” Is Popular For Baby Boomers?

Aging “in place” versus aging “in community” – what is the difference between both options and why do people care? It might be difficult for us (as caregivers) to look forward and imagine how we are going to age in the distant future. However, if current trends are likely to be believed, many of us are going to want to age in place. Why Age “In Community”? Aging in place, it means that you grow old in the house that you always called home. Even though it is understandable that this provides a certain level of comfort for aging seniors, it can also lead to loneliness and isolation. Oftentimes these seniors are unable to drive, making them hous …


by Jonita Dixon

Caregiver Resources, Independent Living & Assisted Living, Senior Living Lifestyle

Coping Tips For Sundowning Behavior

Coping Tips For Sundowning Behavior

Sundowning is a behavior that is related to dementia and refers to someone acting more erratic during the evening and nighttime hours. A few of the symptoms include increase disorientation, confusion, and agitation. While most people without dementia find that their evening can be a great time to relax and wind down after a long day, the evening is often quite different for those who have dementia. While the behavior itself might not be entirely understood, it is possible to cope with this issue as best as possible with the following tips: Do not try to do everything yourself – too many caregivers run into problems with exhaustion or frustrat …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Caregiver Resources, Carlton Senior Living, Dementia Care, Memory Care