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Savory Shrimp Pasta Recipe

Terry's Savory Shrimp Pasta Recipe

To celebrate National Shrimp Day, we’re highlighting a flavorful shrimp recipe from the Cookbook For a Cure created by Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill. 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. The cookbook is especially important to Terry Barrett, Associate Director of Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, who initiated the project and helped to coordinate the fundraising efforts. The book features a variety of recipes including Connie’s Kentucky Spoon Bre …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Recipes

Senior Living Residents Pay Tribute to Titanic

Remembering Titanic: Residents Pay Tribute to the "Unsinkable" Ship

The story of RMS Titanic has fascinated many of us since its tragic sinking in 1912. Touted as “unsinkable” by its builder, the White Star Line luxury cruiser set sail on its maiden voyage from Southhampton, England to New York on April 10th with about 2,200 passengers and crew aboard. Just hours later at around midnight on April 14th, Titanic struck an ice burg and would sink within three short hours resulting in the deaths of an estimated 1,500. Richard Shaw, CSL Concord Resident Of the estimated 700 survivors was a relative of Carlton Senior Living Concord resident, Richard Shaw, who recounts their tale as he shares with us his interest in …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Concord, Resident Focus

Pleasant Hill Hiring Event

Pleasant Hill Hiring Event

We’d love for you to join us for our Pleasant Hill hiring event. Saturday, March 17th  10AM to 1PM Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill 175 Cleaveland Road Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 Location Details Walk-In interviews will be conducted. We are currently hiring Personal Care Aides, Medication Technicians and LVNs to provide services to our Assisted Living and Memory Care Residents at our Downtown Pleasant Hill, Pleasant Hill and Poet’s Corner communities. 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 happ …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Associates & Career News, Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Carlton Senior Living Poet's Corner Pleasant Hill, Community News

How Assisted Living Has Changed Over the Years

How Assisted Living Has Changed Over the Years

When looking for an assisted living option for oneself or a loved one, the term ‘assisted living facility’ conjures up a number of different feelings. In fact, the transition that you make to a new home can feel scary, uncertain, and emotional. However, few people have an actual idea of what assisted living is like nowadays. Knowing more about the different care options, amenities, and activities offered can offer peace of mind for many families. The Changes We Have Seen Many of the better assisted living options have taken steps to shift towards the consumer. This means that seniors (and their families) are more at ease with senior care comm …


by Jonita Dixon

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

What Is Vascular Dementia Exactly?

Vascular dementia is one of the most common forms of dementia; in fact, it is the second most common form of dementia right after Alzheimer’s disease. It occurs when our brain does not receive enough of the nutrients and oxygen that it needs. The lack of blood to the brain causes brain damage, which affects judgment, planning, reasoning, memory, and other thought processes. There is a significant difference between vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, because dementia affects our white matter (which includes the connecting fibers) while Alzheimer’s disease primarily affects the gray matter (the main bodies of nerve cells). Both forms of …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Dementia Care, Memory Care

What Steps Can You Take to Reduce Fall Risk?

Fall-related injuries are responsible for sending more than 1.6 million senior Americans to the hospital, according to the National Institutes of Health. To put matters into perspective, one-in-three seniors are going to experience a fall each year, falls that often result in a loss of independence, may cause fractures, other injuries, and sometimes even death. What Can You Do? If you are trying to evaluate and minimize risks related to falls, there are a few different things that you are able to do. If you want to reduce the controllable risk of falls, we recommend the following: Make sure that you have a good fit – It is important to have g …


by Jonita Dixon

Assisted Living, Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Senior Health, Senior Living, Senior Living Lifestyle

Carlton Senior Living Residents Give Back!

We at Carlton Senior Living know that we have the best residents our family could ever wish for. They, however, still constantly amaze us with their generosity, kindness and overall loving nature. Below you will see a list that is an amazing example of our resident’s ability to give back to the community. Our residents and associates have participated in contributing to each of the organizations listed. Whether it be creating “magic blankets” for NICU babies in the hospital, writing cards to those who need to read some kind words, collecting goods for foster children or the troops, making toys for pets in shelters or providing lunches to the …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Community Outreach

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

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

What You Should Know About The Ombudsman

Chances are that you have heard of the ombudsman before – but you probably have no idea what the ombudsman can do for you. The word itself means “citizen representative.” The ombudsman is in place to investigate and resolve complaints from private citizens against government agencies or officials. The LTC (long-term care) programs are available to any senior living in an adult care facility in the United States, whether it be a board care home, assisted living facility, or a nursing home. You can always rely on your local ombudsman to hear your issues. Best of all, the information and advice that you receive here is both confidential and free …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Independent Living & Assisted Living, Senior Living, Senior Living Lifestyle

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

Fun Ways to Exercise Your Brain

Whether you exercise physically or mentally, you need to remain stimulated in order to be engaged for the long term. For those seniors who want remain mentally engaged but do not want to go for such lofty aspirations such as ‘learning a new instrument’ or ‘learning a new language’, these are a few simple ways that you can get started today to exercise your brain Tip #1 – Play A Game Even though it sounds obvious, puzzles are a great way to play a fun game that is going to keep your mental gears turning. This is going to lead to new neural connections in the brain, which helps with keeping your mind sharp as you get on in age. Once you get com …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Memory Care, Senior Health & Wellness, Senior Living, Senior Living Lifestyle