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Located in downtown San Leandro, this attractive community is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, library, seasonal farmer’s market and a BART station. A marina, senior center and theater are nearby. Its apartments and gracefully appointed common areas wrap around a lush garden courtyard with a gazebo and mature trees. Other amenities include a library, game room, fireplace and full-service salon.Learn more about
Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Betty Telesford - Betty Spears Telesford was born in Charleston, West Virginia to parents Russell Wellington and Catherine Gallion. Her mother was an elementary school teacher until her marriage. Her father taught French in a segregated school until the Great Depression led to the loss of his job. Realizing the need to persevere, he learned the trade of bricklaying, which helped guide him through many tough times as munitions plants were needing constructing. At this time, these trade jobs were majority union and black workers were not union-eligible. Betty’s father, along with several other tradesmen, petitioned the union and won, granting them membership and retaining their jobs. During WWII there was a shortage of nurses and Betty elected to join the US Cadet Nurse Corps, established in July 1943 to allow eligible women the opportunity to be sent through nursing school for the benefit of serving wartime America. Betty was located in Harlem, New York, and worked there for Harlem Hospital, where she met her future husband, a medical doctor intern. Betty and her husband relocated to several different states throughout their careers and marriage, including Illinois, Kansas and ultimately California, where they settled in a town called Porterville, north of Bakersfield, and west of Sequoia National Forest. Betty continued to work part-time as a nurse and then, in the 1960s, decided to go back to college for a degree in Sociology. The cultural changes of the 1960s, linked with political uncertainties, and a continuing fight for civil rights, led Betty to want to open her mind to help her understand the direction things were heading and the recurring social patterns that are inherent in historical times like those. Betty had two children, a daughter who lives locally in Davis, and a son who has lived in Denmark for the past 27 years. Betty says she most enjoys jazz, symphony and folk music, and movies that offer good dialogue and conversation. She says she most admires her husband and father, men whom she says both survived and prospered in this world through all odds against them. Her father would sometimes say, “It’s a cold, cruel world, but you have to survive.” Betty says that the things she likes most about being at the Carlton Senior Living Davis is that she doesn’t have to worry about shopping, cooking, cleaning, gardening, driving, and having to fix things that break. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Read more
Carlton Senior Living has anxiously been awaiting the day we will be able to meet the needs of seniors and their families in the Vallejo area. We are excited to announce that in the near future many of our valued Vallejo seniors will be calling Carlton Senior Living Vallejo home. We look forward to fulfilling our mission to “Love, Honor & Provide” in a new community and we thank Vallejo for welcoming us with open arms: Carlton Senior Living buys old Vallejo Elks Lodge site [caption id="attachment_16340" align="alignright" width="300"] Dave Coluzzi, president of Carlton Senior Living, chats with the company’s general manager, Tim MacDonald, in front of the former Vallejo Elks Lodge that, if all goes as planned, will become the 13th Carlton Senior Living in the Bay Area.[/caption] When WinCo Foods bagged its three year-quest in 2014 to build a grocery store where the Vallejo Elks Lodge sits at Redwood Parkway near Admiral Callaghan Lane, few could have been as tickled as Tim MacDonald. As general manager for Carlton Senior Living — a company founded by the Vallejoan’s father in 1985 — MacDonald had already eyed the prime real estate for his company’s 13th location. After seemingly ponderous negotiations, a deal was finally set in ink Nov. 13. “I’m real excited about this,” MacDonald said. “It’s been so long — three years, I would say. We’ve wanted to open a senior community in Vallejo for quite some time.” A familiar face in the local arts community — MacDonald is president of the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation and he and his wife, Susan, are benefactors of the nonprofit Empress Theatre — the local philanthropist said he never contemplated icing the potential deal with the Elks. “Failure was not an option — just like with the Empress,” MacDonald said. Still, added MacDonald, “Just getting to the point of signing a deal, working with the Elks, there was a tug-o-war going back and forth.” With the purchase sales agreement effective, the process advances to submitted plan and permits for approval by the city which should take about four months, MacDonald said. If all goes well, construction to the grand opening should less than three years, said Dave Coluzzi, Carlton Senior Living president. Read the full article By Richard Freedman, Vallejo Times-Herald. About Carlton Senior Living: For more than three decades, Carlton Senior Living communities have provided Northern California seniors with an array of individually tailored care options – ranging from independent and assisted living to award-winning health and memory care programs. Our residents enjoy delicious, healthy meals, a wide range of activities and entertainment in a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere where they can make friends, enjoy life and continue to thrive. As a company, we stand by our commitment to Love, Honor and Provide to all residents, family, and associates. It is this kindness and compassion, and our unique “culture of caring” that makes all the difference. For more information, visit us at carltonseniorliving.com. Read more
Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Sue Gilmore - Born in Augusta, Georgia on June 16, 1949, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill resident Sue would move as a child with her family to Pleasant Hill, California; a town she remembers as small and friendly, filled with lots of kids. Her own family included an older and a younger brother, part of a close-knit clan living happily with neighbors in a time past when kitchen doors would commonly be left open during the days, welcoming passing friends. Sue recalls with fondness the many children in her neighborhood, all of whom enjoyed playing outside for hours without any parental worries in a world, Sue notes, far different from that of today. After her high school graduation, Sue stayed in Pleasant Hill working as a staff member in a local attorney's office. Later she would meet her future husband quite by chance when she accompanied a friend to San Quentin who had personal business there during visitor's hours. As fortune would have it, while waiting Sue struck up a conversation with one of the prison guards, a man named Robert Ayers. The attraction was mutual, and Sue and Robert soon began dating, fell in love, and happily married a year later. Robert's career led to his appointment as Warden at San Quentin and Folsom prisons, with additional appointments to other institutions in California throughout his career. Before her own retirement, Sue was employed at the county offices of Chevron, later completing her working life as a pharmacy technician in Alamo for Rite Aid for 14 years. Sue speaks fondly of her lifetime as an active knitter: someone best described as always working on one project or another. During the course of her knitting career, she estimates that she has completed at least seven or eight full-size blankets as well as having had the singular pleasure of helping her mother learn the craft. In addition to her knitting career, Sue has been a dedicated seamstress and made all her own dance clothes when she was an active square dancer in organized groups, a period of her life she enjoyed immensely. She is currently participating in the Carlton Senior Living Book Club, and is looking forward to lively discussions at the upcoming club meetings. Her recent election as President of the Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill Resident Council is an honor she cherishes. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Read more
Carlton Senior Living has partnered with the Contra Costa Blue Star Moms for many years to provide support for members of the United States Armed Forces and its veterans. The Contra Costa Blue Star Moms not only provide support for active duty service personnel, they also promote patriotism, assist veterans organizations and are available to assist in homeland volunteer efforts to help our country remain strong. In preparation for the holidays, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill is hosting a collection drive in partnership with the Contra Costa Blue Star Moms to help create care packages to send to our troops this holiday season. Care packages will be assembled and shipped in early December. Below is the list of items that are being requested and donations can be dropped off at the front desk of Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill at 175 Cleaveland Road in Pleasant Hill. View Location Details We thank you for supporting this organization and for helping to honor our servicemen and women. [pdf-embedder url="http://carltonseniorliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Care-Package-Wish-List.pdf" title="Care Package Wish List"] Written by Denee Naro Read more
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
Meet Timothy Armstrong, Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident - Timothy was born in 1955 in Sacramento, California. He was raised by mother, Dorothy Meadows, and stepfather, Robert Meadows. He has a stepsister, a stepbrother and two half-brothers named Tony and John. Timothy was previously married to Elizabeth and has two stepchildren, Scott and Tim. He also has three granddaughters. Prior to his retirement, Timothy was employed as an audiologist for seven years at Sutter Hearing Speech Center. He later became the owner and operator of American River Hearing, where he worked for 25 years. Throughout his lifetime Timothy traveled through most of the United States and also to Mexico many times. His favorite hobby is scuba diving and he has traveled as far as Mexico and Hawaii to scuba dive. One of his most memorable scuba diving experiences was finding himself face-to-face with eight blue sharks. Another exciting moment was when he saw a whale shark and, when he last went night diving in Hawaii, he saw a humongous whale that was about 20 feet long. When asked about his most notable accomplishment, Timothy names becoming a professional audiologist. His philosophy on life is to “treat others as you would like to be treated,” an idea that was passed down to him by his grandparents. The person Timothy admires the most was his grandfather who was a professional baseball player and an aerospace machinist. Timothy’s favorite Carlton activity is eating, because the food at Carlton Senior Living Sacramento is so good! He loves eating fish, catfish in particular. His favorite movie is “Forrest Gump” and his favorite sports teams are the San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants. Having traveled all over the United States, he names Boston as his favorite city because of the nice people, great good and the beautiful downtown area. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Read more
Meet Beverly Taylor, Carlton Senior Living's spotlight resident - Beverly Joyce Taylor was born on November 4, 1947 to Frank and Ella Mae Taylor. She was born and raised in the bustling city of San Francisco, California along with her three siblings. When it was to go to work Beverly remained in San Francisco and, for over 13 years, she found success as Faculty Support for UC Hastings College of Law, the first law school in California. In 2012, Beverly was honored with the prestigious Rummel Award for her tireless efforts in helping to secure clerkship for UC Hastings students, in addition to her work for about 20 full-time professors. In her leisure time, Beverly has enjoyed traveling to many places including Baja Mexico and the Bahamas. She also loves going to the movies and outings to the casino. Her favorite activities within the Carlton Senior Living Sacramento - Enhanced community include bingo and happy hour. Beverly's most notable accomplishments are being an amazing mother to her two children and an amazing grandmother to her four grandchildren. Three words that best describe Beverly are independent, determined and a survivor. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Read more
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
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.