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Dear Residents and Families,
We would like to begin by expressing how saddened we all are by the devastation that has occurred in Napa and Sonoma County these past few days. We would also like to thank so many of you for reaching out to our teams to ask how you can help. Carlton Senior Living would like to do our part as well to assist those seniors impacted by this horrible tragedy. We have reached out to disaster relief services, as well as local hospitals, and will be accepting seniors who have been evacuated from their homes. We will continue to do whatever we can to assist. Not only do our new friends need food and other entails, most came in with just the clothes on their backs. We will be accepting gently used and new adult clothing and new shoes and undergarments to provide for our evacuees.
If you have any questions, please contact your management team.
Thank you for all of your continued support.

David Coluzzi, President

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From the Carlton Senior Community Blog

Resident Spotlight - Mickey Risken

Meet Mickey Risken, World War II veteran and Carlton Senior Living's spotlight resident — Maurice “Mickey” Risken was born December 16, 1925 in Potrerillos, Chile. His parents met and married in 1924 in Montana where his father worked for Anaconda Copper Mining Company. The couple soon moved to Chile to help build a new refinery and quickly started their family. Mickey and his younger sister, Gail, grew up learning both English and Spanish. Every three years the family would take a three month vacation and the most memorable trip for Mickey was taken in 1940 when his family visited the United States to tour many of the national parks in the West. [caption id="attachment_16149" align="alignright" width="225"] The one time baby-faced rifleman carries the wounds of war with him to this day having lost a leg and still carrying shrapnel as an unwelcome souvenir.[/caption] Mickey returned to the United States in July 1941 to attend high school in Sacramento, but was not allowed to graduate as he was required to sign up for the draft instead. He started basic training at Camp Roberts in California in February 1944. He served as a combat soldier in General Patton’s Third Army and was involved in the Battle of the Bulge. When the war in Europe was over, Mickey’s unit spent time in Austria guarding 31,000 prisoners of war and in his spare time he learned to ski. When Mickey returned home as a veteran of war, he went to college in Sacramento as well as the Montana School of Mines and Engineering and then later the University of Berkeley for Geological Engineering Sciences. During this time, he joined the National Ski Patrol in which his unit designed ski runs and lift locations for the Squaw Valley Resort and he eventually tried out for the Olympics, but failed to qualify. In 1953 he met his first wife, Virginia, at Cal Berkeley. She had two boys; John and Jared, whom Mickey adopted and raised as his own sons. Mickey and Virginia had two sons together; Philip and Forrest while Mickey began working for construction companies building concrete dams. Over a period of forty years, he managed the construction of seven major dams all over the Western United States, including installing the last power unit at Hoover Dam. He later worked for Sprint Telephone Company building cell sites until he suffered a massive heart attack in 2001. After heart surgery, Mickey was in a coma for a month caused by a MRSA infection. [caption id="attachment_16150" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Riskens celebrated 3 years of marriage in October.[/caption] Mickey and Virginia lived in Walnut Creek and enjoyed sixty years of marriage until her passing in 2013. Mickey knew he must move to a community which could meet his care needs. He chose Carlton Senior Living Concord as his new home and soon met Marjorie, an outgoing fellow resident. The two hit it off and were married on October 25, 2014 in the courtyard of CSL Concord surrounded by family and friends. Later, the newly-wed couple moved to Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill where Mickey enjoys sharing the stories of his family and his many unique life experiences. Mickey is proud of the legacy he has created through his four sons, eight grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Carlton Senior Living applauds the courage and valor displayed by our many brave veterans like Mickey. To our men and women in uniform, past, present, and future, we honor you and thank you for your service and sacrifice. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Patrick Coleman Read more

Resident Spotlight - Ken Freeman

Meet Ken Freeman, Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident – Kenneth G. Freeman was born to parents Virginia and Frank on March 18, 1925, in Sandpoint, Idaho, a small community on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. His mother and father both managed restaurants, and in those times, there rarely were specialty restaurants, and they “just served everything.” In 1941, he and his parents moved to San Francisco, to manage another restaurant. Unfortunately, during this time, Ken’s father died in a partial building collapse. His mother remarried several times, ever searching for the qualities of Ken’s father in others. Enrolling in Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Ken set out with the objective of becoming a physician. However, the country was becoming embroiled in World War II, and Ken answered the beckoning call of the United States Marine Corps, joining the elite special operations units of the 3rd and 4th Marine Raider Battalions. Ken was deployed with an infantry that made first landing at Okinawa in April 1945. Their main mission was to overtake the castle at Shuri. In the ensuing battle, Ken was fired upon multiple times, losing a finger and suffering from two bullet wounds in his leg. [caption id="attachment_16052" align="alignleft" width="300"] M113 Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle (ACAV) in Vietnam, 1966[/caption] At the conclusion of WWII, Ken realized that he would remain in the service of the military. He fought as a boots-on-the-ground soldier in Korea, and in Vietnam, and helped develop military personnel carriers, including the M113 ACAV. Realizing the extent of the injured and deceased coming back from the battles, Ken became part of a team who designed this vehicle to go into war zones, recover fallen soldiers, and return them home. Ken was also a soldier in the Persian Gulf War, known more famously as Desert Storm. [caption id="attachment_16006" align="alignright" width="240"] Ken with his Replica Wooden Firearms[/caption] Ken was married three times to wonderful women, each of whom passed during their marriage. He was thrilled to be able to travel with them around the world, and says “that’s why they married me!” Ken, in fact, lived in many different places, including Belgium, England, Germany, France, Russia, New York, Kentucky and North Carolina. Ken has a son, Kirk, of Davis, and a daughter, Randi, of Loomis. Ken also has ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren! A hobby that Ken took up many decades ago, which turned into a business and an amazing historical contribution, was designing and hand-making replica firearms from wood. Ken would display these, sell them to collectors, and they were even on display at the Smithsonian. Ken is always willing and honored to show his extensive woodworking collection to anyone who asks. Asked about how he would like to be remembered, Ken stated, “as the guy who could get it done.” He can be described as courageous, sincere, and tenacious. Ken most admires the late actor John Wayne, because he always had an answer for everything! He also admires Franklin D. Roosevelt for his persistence through the toughest times. At Carlton Senior Living Davis, Ken loves the hamburgers and filet mignon, and cheesecake for dessert! Appropriately, his favorite movie is 1944’s "Marine Raiders". His favorite things about the Carlton are the food, the service, and that we help to train younger people on the aspects of life. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Read more

Making A Difference in Our Lives Every Day

“Make A Difference Day” is held on the fourth Saturday every October but you don’t have to wait for a special day to make a difference. In the wake of the recent wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties, there have been countless opportunities to make a difference by assisting those in need and giving back to the community. When news of the fires first broke, Carlton Senior Living contacted disaster relief services and local hospitals to offer shelter and services to seniors who had been displaced by the fires. Because of the outpouring of support from the Carlton community, we have been able to offer shelter and comfort to numerous senior evacuees who have been displaced by these tragic fires. "Carlton Senior Living would not have been able to offer our services to those in need without the assistance and support of our residents and their families,” said Jessica Arnold, Vice President of Resident Relations for Carlton Senior Living. “We are so grateful to be surrounded by such amazing people who literally give their time and energy year round to important causes. It is in these times of great distress though, that their generosity is not only evident but also imperative.” Carlton Senior Living Sacramento is a perfect example this generosity; motivated by the opportunity to make a difference, residents, family members and associates all pulled together to collect donations for those affected by the fires. “Santa Rosa has experienced so much devastation and loss that the feeling of doing something to help was overwhelming,” explains Sierra Penfold, Resident Liaison for Carlton Senior Living Sacramento. The results of the drive were incredible and associates of CSL Sacramento were all smiles upon delivering a bus load of donations to the Salvation Army for distribution in Napa and Sonoma counties. “Our residents, our associates and our families make Carlton Senior Living who we are and we are proud of who we are because of them,” said Arnold. “On ‘Make A Difference Day’ we would like to thank all of you for making a difference in our lives every day." Written by Denee Naro     Read more

Join the Cause - Together We Can End Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association is close to our hearts at Carlton Senior Living as the need for our Memory Care program continues to grow. For over 32 years, we have striven to provide the best possible care for our residents through education, specialized programs and unique services which are especially paramount to those affected by the disease. That is why we proudly support The Alzheimer's Association, an American non-profit organization that focuses on care, support, and research for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. [caption id="attachment_15891" align="alignright" width="200"] Carlton Senior Living President, Dave Coluzzi, on stage at the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Walnut Creek (pictured on left)[/caption] Dave Coluzzi, President of Carlton Senior Living, represents over 1,500 residents and as many as 1,100 employees who are advocating for the cause. Coluzzi emphasizes that “Carlton cares for many seniors afflicted with this terrible disease and supports the loving staff that provides their care 24/7. It is important to support this cause and to acknowledge those with this disease, those who care for them, and those who love them. It’s an honor to support such a worthy cause.” The Alzheimer’s Association has been involved in every major advancement in Alzheimer’s and related dementias research since the 1980’s and is a global leader in the fight for a world without Alzheimer’s. It’s estimated that over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s and this number is projected to rise to 16 million by 2050, that’s why our support of this organization is so critical. “I want to continue to provide all the resources we need to enrich everyone’s lives, and supporting the Alzheimer’s Association is a wonderful way to do just that,” says Coluzzi. In 2017, Carlton Senior Living is proud to have raised over $36,700 for The Alzheimer’s Association through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and are close to surpassing our 2016 fundraising total of $38,000. [caption id="attachment_15896" align="alignleft" width="400"] Carlton's Crew at the Walk to End Alzheimer's - Silicon Valley on October 14, 2017[/caption] Join the cause by making a donation to provide care and support programs, advance research and advocate for the rights and needs of all those facing Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Together we can end Alzheimer’s. Learn more about The Alzheimer’s Association on their website: https://www.alz.org/ Update: As of November 7th, Carlton Senior Living has raised over $40,000 for The Alzheimer's Association this year alone. Written by Denee Naro     Read more

Resident Spotlight - Judith Smith

Meet Judith Smith, Carlton Senior Living's spotlight resident - Judith was born in the Great Plains state of North Dakota where she lived briefly before her family moved west to California in 1943. In 1968, Judith moved to Sacramento, California where she began her 32 year career in government. One person who truly inspired Judith to become who she is today is her uncle. Judith says that he taught her everything she knows and gave her the tools needed to succeed in her career as a California State Senator’s Assistant Legislator. Judith is well traveled and has visited many interesting places throughout the world, including Germany, Paris and Italy. Of them all, she names Paris as her favorite city, although she prefers the classic cuisines of Mexico and China. People might be surprised to learn that Judith has a daring side and has been parasailing in Mexico. Based on her adventurous past as a world-traveler, it’s no shock to learn that her one of her favorite movies is the 1963 James Bond action-thriller, “From Russia with Love.” Three words that describe Judith are strong, hard-working and active. Some of her life philosophies are to be a positive influence on people and to always strive to learn new things. Since she has no children of her own, Judith enjoys the bond she shares with her sister’s three children and hopes that she will be remembered for the kindness she has instilled in the people in her life, for being a positive influence and for her strong willed nature. Her favorite activity “Carlton” activity is Bingo. When asked how she would rate Carlton Senior Living Sacramento - Enhanced on a scale of 1 to 10, Judith graciously gave the community a 10 based on the excellent quality of care they have provided to her. View additional Resident Spotlight articles.   Read more

Resident Spotlight - Marion Small

Meet Marion Small, Carlton Senior Living's spotlight resident - Marion was born in the Central Valley city of Modesto, California in 1924. Her father had many different jobs including driving buses for the local school system. When Marion was about seven years old, she and her family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and settled in Oakland. Soon after, they welcomed her sister, Janet, into the family. Throughout her life, Marion has been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe, and recalls traveling by plane, train and automobile, and seeing many of the museums, architecture, and being immersed in the history there. Marion’s husband, Arthur C. Small, was a colonel in the United States Army, and was stationed in Germany, where they lived for some time. He spent more than a decade in the armed forces before returning to the United States. In Davis, he was given the post of vice-chancellor for the University of California, under Chancellor Emil Mrak an American food scientist, microbiologist recognized internationally for his work in food preservation and as a world authority on the biology of yeasts. Marion and Arthur had two children, Dana and Randall. Marion says that she enjoyed taking care of her children, and volunteering her time in numerous organizations. She especially loved hosting parties! Marion says that a philosophy she lives by is spreading kindness to others. She would like to be remembered as a good mother, and most admires her late husband and his steadfastness. Watch an interview with Marion's husband, Arthur Small, from UC Davis' video archive to learn more about his fascinating career. When asked to describe herself, Marion states that she’s tall, smart and fun! She loves the food at the Carlton, especially the coffee and chocolate ice cream, as well as the filet mignon. She also enjoys music from the Rat Pack, and the movie “Gone with the Wind.” Marion feels very fortunate to spend time with her family and her close friends here at the Carlton Senior Living Davis.   Read more

Carlton Senior Living Careers

We’re looking for inspired, exceptional candidates to be part of our legendary “culture of care.” The growing Carlton team has long-term career opportunities available in resident care, dining, housekeeping, activities, maintenance and management.

If you enjoy working with people, and are looking for a place to start or grow your career, we hope you’ll consider joining Carlton Senior Living.