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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

Assisted Living, Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove, Carlton Senior Living Fremont, Memory Care, Senior Living

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

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Independent Living & Assisted Living, Resident Focus, Senior Living

Why Assisted Or Independent Living Trumps Living Alone

Why Assisted Or Independent Living Trumps Living Alone

It is important to distinguish between the ‘traditional’ nursing home and assisted living options. Many different communities have a myriad of amenities. There are many reasons that seniors prefer assisted living or independent living communities over living alone. These are a few of the most important reasons why that might be the right choice for you or your loved one. Reason #1 – Far More Socialization Living in an assisted living community surrounded by other people your age is far more social than being alone in your home. As we get older, people no longer have to work and have fewer social contacts as a result. With these living facilit …


by Jonita Dixon

Independent Living & Assisted Living, Senior Living

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

Staff Celebration - Downtown Pleasant Hill

Our community hosted our quarterly Associate Appreciation Gathering on 9/15 and the theme was Under the Sea.  We gather quarterly to thank our team for a job well done.  We hosted a buffet lunch and held a prize drawing for those in attendance. A costume contest was held as well.  Imee Segarra was the winner with her Jellyfish costume, complete with bioluminescence in the form of lights in the umbrella.  Malika Griffith was the runner up. The decorations we handmade by Diane Duarte.  She and her daughter are the creative minds behind most of the fabulous decorations seen throughout our community for holidays and celebrations. Enjoy the photo …


by Jonita Dixon

Assisted Living, Blog, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Community Events, Independent Living & Assisted Living, Senior Living

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

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

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

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

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

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