Please join us in welcoming Sarah Connor-Kerr as Executive Director of Carlton Senior Living Poet's Corner

Please join us in welcoming Sarah Connor-Kerr as Executive Director of Carlton Senior Living Poet's Cornerhey

Please join us in welcoming Sarah Connor-Kerr as the new Executive Director of Carlton Senior Living Poet's Corner. Sarah began her journey with Carlton over seven years ago as Dining Room Manager for Carlton Senior Living Davis. Since then, she's held numerous leadership positions, including Associate Director, Human Resources Specialist, Director of Resident Services, and now, Executive Director of Carlton's dedicated Memory Care community in Pleasant Hill. Sarah got her start in senior living at Carlton Senior Davis, where she helped to open the newly constructed community. Sarah credits colleague Lindsey Feifert for encouraging her to pursue a career working with seniors and for helping her to get acclimated to a community leadership role. "I really loved getting to know the residents, learning their life stories, and being able to make an impact on an important stage of their life," says Sarah. "Since then, I feel like I've grown and it's just incredibly natural to serve them. I can't imagine doing anything else." While she has dedicated much of her career to serving Carlton's Independent and Assisted Living population, Sarah feels her time working with Memory Care residents and families has been most impactful. "Our residents living with dementia are truly special and I love that our job is to celebrate and help the person that they are now without judgment of their past," she says. "I feel it takes an incredibly special person to serve these residents, and because of that, I feel our staff have some of the biggest hearts. Every single day is different but every single one provides an opportunity to make a resident smile." Sarah and the team at Carlton Senior Living Poet's Corner pride themselves on providing outstanding support and education for families of those living with dementia. "Our care staff enables the adult child to again view their parent as a parent or for the spouse to step back into that role as opposed to being a care partner," she explains. "We take the challenging situations families face and help them create positive and new memories." In her role as Executive Director, Sarah plans to follow in the footsteps of her predecessor by creating a welcoming and supportive place for residents, families, and staff alike. "I have the opportunity to continue toward that vision and to make this community a place folks want their loved ones and where people want to work," says Sarah. "I look forward to continuing my education in dementia and to bringing new people into the industry and in turn educating them. Caring for someone living with dementia is an honor and I want to keep spreading that vibe." Sarah began her career with Carlton when her daughter, Olivia, was just six months old and her career choice has also played an important role in her personal life. At 8-years-old, Sarah welcomes any opportunity to involve Olivia in the community to help teach her daughter to care for others with empathy and compassion. Sarah's job title isn't the only thing that changed recently: She wed Justin Kerr in February and now goes by Sarah Connor-Kerr. Justin is currently finishing up a pipeline construction project in Kentucky, and Sarah looks forward to her family being together again soon. Read more resident and associate stories on our blog. Read more

Opportunities for growth abound at Carlton Senior Living

Opportunities for growth abound at Carlton Senior Livinghey

[caption id="attachment_24905" align="alignright" width="150"] Jennell Revera, Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove's new Executive Director[/caption] We’re pleased to welcome Jennell Revera as the new Executive Director of Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove. Jennell has been with Carlton for over 11 years and her years of experience as Carlton San Jose’s Executive Director and various leadership roles within the community will help to ensure a smooth transition. Amanda Smith, Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove’s most recent Executive Director, has joined Carlton’s Home Office team. Amanda is now heading up Purchasing and Carlton’s new culinary program. Amanda's expertise in senior living will be invaluable as she helps to support Carlton's 12 Northern California communities. [caption id="attachment_24906" align="alignleft" width="150"] Amanda Smith joins Carlton's Home Office team[/caption] In the South Bay, Shantela Yadao is settling into her role as the new Executive Director of Carlton Senior Living San Jose. Shantela joined the Carlton family in November 2011 as Carlton’s very first Associate Retirement Counselor. Since 2013, Shantela has been helping seniors find their home at Carlton San Jose as the communities’ Retirement Counselor. [caption id="attachment_24907" align="alignright" width="150"] Shantela Yadao, Carlton Senior Living San Jose's new Executive Director[/caption] When asked about her new leadership position Shantela said, “I am honored and excited to work alongside such amazing and caring individuals. I look forward to growing together and enjoying every moment to come.” Her mantra is “Be the reason someone smiles today,” and Shantela will no doubt be bringing many more smiles to Carlton Senior Living San Jose in the years to come. Carlton Senior Living is excited to congratulate Jennell Revera, Amanda Smith and Shantela Yadao on their new leadership roles!   We want to invest in you! Learn about Career Opportunities with Carlton.   Read more

Associates Talk About

Associates Talk About "Glowing Up" at Carlton Senior Livinghey

From their entry-level positions to their current roles within Carlton, our associates discuss what it means to "Glow Up" at Carlton Senior Living. We'll be featuring associates who are #GlowingUp all summer so check back for updates. Marco Santos “There is a certain sense of fulfillment that you get serving the amazing seniors who paved the way for us. They have so much history, passion, and wisdom to glean from. I am especially honored to continue to serve and support them as part of the Carlton Team. Carlton, who truly embodies the mantra of Love, Honor and Provide has allowed me to grow (and glow) both personally and professionally in my 16-year tenure. I am grateful for the amazing team that I get to work with and humbled knowing that I get an opportunity to repay our seniors almost each day!.” -Marco Santos Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) > 16 years & 5 positions later > Vice President of Clinical Operations   Marybel Parker “Glowing up at Carlton means discovering and sharing your potential. Finding a career that I love has given me the chance to grow and continue to shine in my abilities. As a leader, I encourage others to find their potential and pursue their dreams.” -Marybel Parker Personal Caregiver/Care Partner > 12 years & 8 positions later > Executive Director of Carlton Senior Living Sacramento & Enhanced Jessica Arnold “Glowing up at Carlton, to me, means literally letting your inner light shine. Being able to grow and make a difference with like-hearted people, who genuinely care about what they do, has meant the world to me.” -Jessica Arnold Interim Activities Assistant > 13 years & 6 positions later > Vice President of Resident Relations Visit our Career Center to learn about employment opportunities with Carlton. #CarltonGlowUp #GlowUpChallenge #HowItStarted #HowItsGoing #CarltonCareers #GPTW #JoinTeamCarlton Read more

Welcome Claudia Graetsch-Vasquez!

Welcome Claudia Graetsch-Vasquez!hey

As we near the end of 2020 we wish to express our gratitude for who the year has brought into the Carlton Senior Living family. Among these individuals we welcome onboard Claudia Graetsch-Vasquez as our new Dietitian and Nutritionist for all Carlton Senior Living communities. We invite you to read more about how Claudia first became interested in the field of nutrition, what motivates her, the thing she is looking forward to most and how she chooses to “live her life.” Claudia attended Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill directly after graduating high school to complete some undergraduate work. She then transferred to Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo to pursue a major in Biology. It was then, that she first became interested in the field of nutrition. She knew she had a passion to work in the health care field. After about a year into her studies at Cal Poly, she decided she wanted to obtain a greater specialization within the field. In a meeting with her counselor, she was introduced to the field of Nutrition. As Claudia recalls, “I was living away from home, taking charge of my health and became personally interested in nutrition so I thought it would be an interesting field to study and work in.” Upon graduating as a Nutrition Graduate, one of the routes she could pursue was becoming a Registered Dietitian. As Claudia shares, it “seemed like the best next step for me.” She was extremely interested in working clinically within the hospital, specifically within the Critical Care setting. She was motivated to help people feel better and meet their nutrition needs throughout their illness and recovery. In order to become a Registered Dietitian, she was required to attend a national dietetic internship program. Her internship was based out of Napa State Hospital with various rotations around hospitals and clinics in the Bay Area. Without a doubt, Claudia has a passion to serve others and to help them reach their health and wellness goals while teaching and empowering them to manager their chronic diseases. Nutrition has always been a hot topic and with that comes the realm of myths & misinformation. She enjoys, as she says, “setting the record straight” and teaching people how to stay informed by doing their research to remain wise and avoid any scams. She became a Registered Dietitian in 1997, and after being in practice for over 20 years we would agree that it certainly has been the right fit. Within this time, she has been a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) for almost 15 years. The CDE credential has recently changed and she is now known as a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist otherwise known as a CDCES. When asked about her professional experience and accomplishments, she reflected on one of the great aspects of being a Dietitian, and that is the varied experience and jobs that she has had the privilege to hold. She spent the first 10 years of her career working clinically within a local county hospital and health clinics. The experience, as she puts it, “was so valuable being exposed to so many cultures as well as illnesses.” She then transitioned to working primarily within Chronic Disease Management mostly focused on Diabetes. The clinics served both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes as well as Gestational Diabetes. Patients were seen individually as well as in group classes. She has also worked as a Research Dietitian, a weight loss Dietitian in a medically supervised weight loss program and as a Health & Wellness Dietitian for the employees of John Muir Health. Last but certainly not least, she is currently working as a Corporate Wellness Dietitian for John Muir Health as well as a Consultant Dietitian for a few telehealth companies. A good friend and fellow Dietitian, Kitty Lenhart introduced Claudia to Carlton Senior Living. Since joining our team, she shares that she is looking forward to working with our amazing residents as well as their families and our wonderful staff. She is hoping to help enhance the menu’s offered and provide nutrition and health education for all.  At Carlton Senior Living we go by our slogan, “Live Your Life.” Claudia shared with us that in living her life, “I really try to practice what I preach – most of the time (I call it the 80/20 plan). I enjoy good healthy food and love the great outdoors. I share this love with my family; my husband and two sons, ages 13 and 11. My favorite activity is trail running – the farther the better. I’ve completed many Ultramarathons!”     Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom. ~ Jack Lalanne Read more

Wherever Sherrilynn Geban's needed, she is there with a genuine smile and a can-do attitude

Wherever Sherrilynn Geban's needed, she is there with a genuine smile and a can-do attitudehey

The way we work and live has changed in so many ways since the pandemic was officially declared in March. One thing that has remained the same is Carlton's focus on our residents' and associates' health and safety. Sherrilynn Geban, Memory Care Programming Specialist, has stepped up with her genuine smile and can-do attitude to help keep our communities healthy and running smoothly. A member of Carlton's Home Office team, Sherrilynn has been working the frontlines in our Communities when needed. Whether she's responding to resident calls, sanitizing surfaces, taking temperatures, or simply lending a listening ear, Sherrilynn is using her Care experience and enthusiasm to boost morale wherever she goes. "Sherrilynn walks the community with a radio on and helps the Care team answer call lights, pendant pushes and will just stop and spend time with some of our residents," says Lisa Schumann, Regional Vice President of Operations, Sacramento. "An example of this is, Sherilynn sat with a resident who is having a hard time since her husband passed away about a month ago; she was very upset. Sherrilyn sat and talked with her until she was feeling better. She was able to hear her stories and share some stories of her own. She made the resident laugh, and she was smiling on her way out of the room when she thanked me for Sherrilynn being there." Like a true leader, Sherrilynn has also been hard at work behind the scenes. [caption id="attachment_23993" align="alignleft" width="244"] Sanitizing with a smile.[/caption] "Sherrilynn has worked to support our Sacramento Carlton team in so many different ways. Wherever we need her, she always quickly responds with an enthusiastic yes and is always asking me what else can she do," says Schumann. "Sherrilynn comes in each day, bringing her warm smile and her very positive attitude. She truly rubs off on the staff." Alli Groves, Carlton's Director of Clinical Operations, commends Sherrilynn for not backing down when faced with challenges and approaching each situation with warmth and positivity. We are very fortunate to have Sherrilynn as a member of the Carlton Senior Living family. We applaud her commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of our residents and associates in a time when kindness and support are needed most. Thank you for your dedication, your tireless efforts, and your passion for serving others, Sherrilynn. You are a true hero! [caption id="attachment_23991" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Sherrilynn poses with a few of our amazing Memory Care associates at Carlton Elk Grove.[/caption] Check out more Carlton Associates & Career News Read more

"Let's Dig In, Go Green & Talk Recycling"hey

Today we recognize America Recycles Day, a day to spread awareness of keeping our communities beautiful and sustainable for future generations. We are excited to showcase the efforts of Denee Coleman, one of Carlton Senior Living’s Inbound Marketing Specialists, who has gotten involved in cleaning up her local Contra Costa community of Martinez, California.  The above photo of Denee was taken at Nancy Boyd Park in Martinez across from Contra Costa Fire Station 13. “You can make a meaningful difference in your community, even if it’s in a small way, like picking up litter.” -Denee Coleman, Inbound Marketing Specialist, Carlton Senior Living Denee and her family enjoy spending time outdoors, and they noticed an abundance of discarded bottles and cans around the sports fields and parks where her children like to play. Unlike her family, she is not much for sports, but she does like walking, and so naturally, collecting recyclables was a great way to get in extra steps while cleaning up the local outdoor space. As Denee shares, “Litter is also unsightly, and one day I decided to stop complaining about all the trash and started picking it up instead.” When she began her efforts, she was collecting recyclables by hand, which was slow work. But that didn’t deter Denee, she had big goals and high hopes to make a more significant impact in her cleanups. Once she got her hands on a second-hand “trash picker,” the rest, well, is history or rather HERstory. She began to collect litter and created the DeneeDigsIn Instagram account to document her efforts.  Although she regularly picks up litter along the streets and throughout parks in the Pleasant Hill and Martinez areas, she is sure to keep a trash picker in her car just in case. Denee makes it a point to do a little cleanup of the many outdoor spaces she and her family enjoy, including visits to Sonoma County, where she was raised. Since the beginning, her efforts have grown in numbers with a few locals joining in, her husband and even her older children sometimes join in to clean up. They also help her take photos and decide what to post on the DeneeDigsIn Instagram account. While picking up trash and recyclables helps beautify outdoor spaces and protect the environment, Denee’s intentions go far beyond that. Her real goal is to inspire and motivate others to make a difference in small but meaningful ways. DeneeDigsIn is a way to connect with others around the world who share a similar goal, but the people she encounters in-person are the ones she hopes to inspire. To date, Denee shares the most significant stride she has made in recognition of her efforts. People in the community have noticed, and it’s rewarding to receive a “thank you” while cleaning up. She has also joined forces with a fellow like-minded Martinez neighbor to organize community cleanups of local parks. Utilizing Facebook groups to promote cleanups has furthered their success; most recently, over this past summer, they were able to gather 14 volunteers to help pick up litter in the Hidden Lakes Park. Denee shares that “it’s rewarding and certainly more impactful to collect litter as part of a group – it’s also something that can be done while remaining socially distanced.” In asking what the most found items seem to be, she shares that food wrappers, recyclable beverage containers, and now even personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks and gloves are at the top of the list.  Suppose you’re looking to get involved and begin recycling, Denee shares that the best place to start is home. She recommends checking with your local waste management company to verify which items can and cannot be recycled. They may also require that recyclables be clean and dry to be accepted for recycling. This information can be found on the provider’s website along with a handy recycling chart to post at home for reference. Denee’s children love to ask her which items are recyclable, and the chart helps with that. One important recycling tip is regarding the disposal of electronics, also known as eWaste. Although it can be confusing, there are plenty of organizations that collect and recycle electronics for free. Recycling eWaste at an approved location is essential because it helps keep toxic and harmful things like batteries and other electronic components out of landfills. If an item plugs in or requires batteries, an eWaste recycling center will typically accept them.  For Contra Costa County, Denee uses and recommends Rapid Recycle in Pacheco. As she shares, “The Rapid Recycle team is always friendly, and dropping off electronics for recycling is easy; they’ll even unload it from your vehicle. My busy household always seems to have things like old cell phones, unused and damaged electronic cables, and electronic toys to dispose of, and so I store the items in one place and drop them off at Rapid Recycle every few months.”        From your Carlton Senior Living family, we applaud you, Denee, and all of the fantastic work you are doing to beautify the community and protect the environment. Your efforts are truly inspiring. We want to thank you for letting us “dig in” for sharing your passion and your knowledge in going green and recycling.  Read more


We would like to begin by expressing our extreme gratitude to our staff for the excellent work they do in keeping our residents safe and healthy. Their dedication to keeping our Communities clean and our residents cared for means everything to them and us. That being said, we are not and have not allowed our employees to come to work if they are experiencing any symptoms. This is not encouraged due to the sensitivity of the population we serve. Moving forward, we will not only be screening our staff for symptoms, we also will be taking temperatures of all employees when their shift begins.

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