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Celebrating Fatherhood: Heartfelt Tributes to Three Special Dads

This Father’s Day, JC Paleja, Personal Expressions Manager at Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, asked around to see if any of the adult children who who frequently visit the community would like to write a brief tribute to honor their own fathers. The results are these three heartfelt pieces which you are sure to enjoy: My Dad and His Unwavering Strength I think that all daughters have this idea that their dad is the greatest man in the world from the moment they were born. For me to start in that direction seems like I’d be retelling everyone’s story. So, I decided to skip all the rhetoric and really tell you about this man I cal …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Focus

Resident Spotlight - Kevin Schwan

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Kevin Schwan – Kevin was born in Sacramento and was raised in Santa Rosa, California. Growing up, Kevin enjoyed hiking in the hills, swimming and working at his father’s grocery store on the weekends. He fondly recalls that all he cared for was a Coke and a pack of baseball cards as payment for his work. In his youth, Kevin also enjoyed playing baseball, basketball and wrestling in high school and college. After graduating from Sonoma State University, Kevin moved to the Silicon Valley where he worked as an electrical engineer for several companies including Argo Systems for twenty years and St …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

"The Kiss" Project

Quarterly Creation Memory Care Projects The Quarterly Creation Project was created at Carlton Senior Living with the intent to offer our residents in the Memory Care communities the opportunity to give and create an interpretation of their own regarding a renowned painting or photograph. This project allows the residents to be more than just a part of the creation, they lead it from beginning discussions, to the interpretation of it and the direction in which they wish to display how they view it. All aspects of the projects are hand crafted or chosen by residents from the people characterized in it or the message of it, each one reflective o …


by Jessica Beck

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Technology Partnerships & Collaborations

At this year’s California Assisted Living Association, CALA, Spring 2018 Conference a topic of discussion highlighted was the use of technology in Assisted Living and how certain partnerships and collaborations can lead to innovation among generations. Our very own Director of Memory Care Operations, Allison Groves, was asked to discuss this topic alongside Sheri Peifer, Senior Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer at Eskaton as well as Cynthia Williams who works in Operation Services at Kisco Senior Living. We at Carlton Senior Living are pleased to share with you some of the main points from their discussion and highlight the technology par …


by Jessica Beck

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Davis Hiring Event

We’d love for you to join us for our Davis hiring event. Thursday, June 28th  10AM to 12PM & 3PM to 5PM   Carlton Senior Living Davis 2726 5th Street Davis, CA 95618 (530) 564-7002 Location Details Walk-In interviews will be conducted. Refreshments will be provided.  It takes a special group of employees to help our senior residents live their lives to the fullest, surrounded by love, kindness and care. We believe happy employees help to ensure happy residents, and that’s why we take great care in recruiting, training and retaining people who embrace and embody our unique “culture of caring.” We treat our staff members with respect, and p …


by Jessica Beck

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My Father's Backpacking Legacy

While still a young father, Herb Sontag dreamed of the day when his family would be old enough to backpack with him. Our dad saw it as the perfect family vacation: a chance to admire the great outdoors, carry everything you need to survive on your back, and bring the family closer together without the distractions of everyday life. Herb and JoAnne Sontag, surrounded by children and grandsons (1985) In anticipation of that future day, he took classes on backpacking, read books such as Colin Fletcher’s The Complete Walker (the Backpacking Bible), and went on some practice trips. When his three children reached an appropriate age, the preparatio …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Focus

Thinking Outside of the "CAN"

  “Food is not just fuel. Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity, and we nourish all those things when we eat well.” – Michael Pollan It is inevitable that when someone thinks of dining in Senior Living communities, they undoubtedly face the stigma of that experience. For some, they may feel the food is boring or bland, and for others, they believe it often is overcooked and uninspired. This stigma was the driving force that inspired both Chefs to expand their knowledge and expertise and broaden the senior palette by introducing dishes that offer new innovative flavors and ingredients. There are five central are …


by Jessica Beck

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What's Your Color?

When you think about it we use our hands daily in so much of what we do. We speak with hand gestures, at times even more than we talk, we sign important documents and even create masterpieces with our hands. They can be used as universal signs of greeting those we meet or love with a handshake, a wave or blowing a kiss. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that for most of us we choose our nail color to display our personality as well. The beauty of this is that whether we are adventurous, loud and outgoing or soft spoken, subtle and introverted there is a color for you that will match impeccably! In honor of National Nail Polish day we t …


by Jessica Beck

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It's Never Too Late to Shine!

Our Carlton Senior Living Davis community hosted their second annual talent showcase in which all residents are encouraged to bring an example of their hobby or craft, a favorite possession or even a good story! This showcase allows the residents to get to know their neighbors better and on a different level. For this years showcase there was a total of 10 presenters and approximately 28 audience members. We are thrilled to showcase some of our presenters and a piece of their story shared or craft displayed.  First off, Peggy Raferty shows off one of her collage paintings. Her primary medium is now collage however she used to do etchings. She …


by Jessica Beck

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This Carlton Resident Has 103 Reasons to Celebrate!

Ruth Whysong is celebrating 103 AMAZING years today! She says she has always been an independent person. As a child she loved to knit, sew and cook. She would always alter her recipes each time and her husband would eat whatever she cooked. He never refused or complained about anything, which is also pretty amazing. The couple loved each other’s company and traveled many places together. They even ventured as far as the North and South poles. After her husband’s death, Ruth continued to travel because, as she says, she “liked seeing things she hadn’t seen before.” Ruth proudly did her own taxes and was fairly independent until her 90’s. She d …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Focus

Resident Spotlight - Wayne Springsteen

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Wayne Springsteen: “Hey there! My name is Wayne Springsteen. I was born on a 40-acre farm in New Plymouth, Idaho on July 8th, 1926. I grew up with one brother and one sister. I have 5 children; 4 daughters and 1 son, 7 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and a cat named Piper (who was named after my favorite airplane)! I am a WWII veteran and served for 20 years. On June 25th, I was elected Veteran of the Year Honoree for 2014. For 41 years I worked in the Nuclear Plant Business with General Electric. My favorite activity here at Carlton Senior Living Fremont is to play pool and need a pool sha …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Fremont, Resident Spotlight

Miller Family

Mother’s Day Holds a Special Meaning for the Miller Family

Carlton Senior Living loves to spotlight our wonderful residents and appreciate it when family members, like this dedicated daughter, join in the process. “Mother’s Day has a very big impact on the Miller family. Doris Miller, resident of Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, our beloved matriarch leaves her mark on all of our family members. This photo was taken on her 98th birthday this past January. Doris touches each one of us with the gift of acceptance and unconditional love. This gracious and open-hearted offering of love also extends to a very special young lady who lives in India. Tseten, now a 21 year refugee who escaped fro …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Focus