Senior Assisted Living Communities In The Bay Area

About Us

Carlton-Senior-Living---DC-overview-9Family-owned and operated for more than 30 years, Carlton Senior Living is committed to empowering its residents through our continuum of care services.

Our senior living communities are the foundation for seniors and their families, and our services are the tools they use to live well each day. Through a panel of experts including, nursing staff, Executive Director and a thorough assessment process, families enjoy the peace of mind knowing that their loved one will be well cared for.

To that end we offer an array of services to support residents’ every day needs, such as transportation, dining, and laundry and housekeeping services. But we also aim to nurture all aspects of their lifestyle by offering choices in entertainment, recreation, exercise, and spa and salon services. As a resident’s health needs change, so does our level of support.

There are a variety of properties under the Carlton Senior Living umbrella, which allows residents to move seamlessly between care options, when necessary. Take a look at 0ur lifestyle options section to better acquaint yourself with our services, and then head over to the Locations section where you’ll find a unique perspective of each of our ten Senior Living Communities.

Thomas W. MacDonald – Founding Partner

Carlton-Senior-Living---DC-overview-8In 1982, Thomas MacDonald became a Founding Partner of Carlton Senior Living (then called Intercontinental Development Corporation) and was directly responsible for the development and construction of several projects in Oregon, Washington, and California.

He personally designed and controlled the marketing programs for two of Carlton Senior Living’s first projects and supervised their day-to-day operations for over eleven years.

Before establishing the company, MacDonald owned and operated general contracting and hotel/restaurant supply businesses and before that he was the general manager of a multi-million dollar corporation that specialized in the development and construction of hotels, restaurants and motels in Washington and Oregon.

MacDonald’s broad scope of experience in all phases of construction, development and marketing has provided him with a special knowledge and particular acumen for producing successful, quality senior housing projects.

Donald Engle – Founding Partner

In 1986, Dr. Donald Engle left his practice of dentistry and resigned from his position as an Associate Clinical Professor of Dentistry at UCSF and became a principal investor in development projects with a total market value of over 700 million dollars.

Carlton-Senior-Living---DC-overview-7He has been a financial partner in many successful projects that have experienced above market returns which gives him the unique ability to recognize lucrative and reliable opportunities. He has a keen eye for detail and during the development process will monitor progress continually, offering advice and guidance to help ensure maximum returns from the investment.

Prior to his involvement in real estate investment activities, he received a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Southern California, a Master’s 
of Science in Endodontic, and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the University of Michigan. He is also a licensed real estate broker in California and has worked for the Flying Doctors of Australia, and acted as a Program Director of Project HOPE in Barbados, W.I.

David M. Coluzzi – President

Carlton-Senior-Living---DC-overview-10David Coluzzi, a senior care executive with more than 30 years of industry experience, joined Carlton Senior Living as president in 2015. He is responsible for operations of Carlton Senior Living’s high-end portfolio with over 70 million dollars in annual revenue. He will have direct oversight for all Carlton Senior Living operations and bottom line responsibility.

Prior to joining Carlton Senior Living, Coluzzi served as CEO of the Esquire Group, a senior living and apartment company with more than 1,200 units in seven communities in New Jersey, where he was able to demonstrate his ability to improve profitability, employee retention and expand the business.

Before that, Coluzzi was vice president of operations at Vi (formerly known as Classic Residence by Hyatt), where he managed a portfolio of 10 luxury retirement communities, while leading the start-up of two new communities which resulted in more than 4,000 independent, assisted living, memory care and skilled apartments in several states. He was also a successful Senior Vice President of Western Division Operations for Atria Senior Living Group, where he managed operations for 65 communities in 8 states across 4 regions, focusing on improving their portfolio of 6,736 senior living units. He administered market identification, sales management, and strategic planning to ensure operational efficiencies.

His extensive experience in development, operational management, and financial efficiency in the senior hospitality arena led him to Carlton Senior Living, where he has been focusing on developing new communities and maintaining a healthy financial structure.

Dave has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Arizona, Tucson AZ. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Our Mission

Family-owned and involved Carlton Senior Living has made its mark on the retirement home industry, winning national awards for resident care, health and fitness, staff development programs and more. Committed to empowering its residents with a continuum of senior care services ranging from independent living and assisted living for residents needing a little help with daily activities, enhanced assisted living for those with more acute healthcare needs to memory care for those challenged by dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

It is a simple formula in which residents and their needs determine how much or how little assistance they need. As a resident’s needs change, so does the level of support. If necessary, there are a variety of communities under our umbrella of retirement home options to allow residents to move seamlessly between locations and care levels. It is our aim to help relieve the burden of everyday needs, such as transportation, dining, laundry and housekeeping, with the goal to nurture all our residents’ individual interests by offering many choices in entertainment, recreation, exercise, spa and salon services.

What really sets us apart from other retirement homes is our delicious food and our sincere, caring staff. Please stop in for a tour of one of our senior communities and a delicious meal on us! Please take a look at our retirement communities and join us for a tour soon. We look forward to welcoming you home.


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Unique Service Principles

At Carlton Senior Living, we are guided by our unique service principles. These principles are steeped in our ability to love, honor and provide for our residents.

The Family Connection

Carlton Senior Living is family owned and involved, and we consider our staff, residents, and their families an integral part of the extended family. Semi-annual family care conferences assess the changing needs of residents. Carlton Senior Living retirement communities host an annual family connection BBQ and monthly family brunches, along with monthly meal tickets to encourage family and friends to enjoy time with residents.

Personal Choice Options

At Carlton Senior Living, we want you to be happy and part of that is making the community lifestyle fit your needs, not ours. That is why we have designed options that encourage choice and independence.

With personal care options, you pay only for the services you need. The á la carte pricing allows residents a level of freedom to choose that other senior care communities in Contra Costa, Alameda, and Sacramento Counties just can’t match.

Personal dining options are unique to the senior hospitality industry. Residents in our assisted living and independent living and memory care communities choose when they want to eat and what they want to eat from a changing menu that includes many seasonal options and all-time favorites. The Personal Expressions program is designed around your interests and hobbies, and nurtures quality time with family and loved ones.

Respite Resort Stay and Fast Move-in

Life is unpredictable. Carlton Senior Living wants to take the stress out of the unforeseen need for senior living, which can often require an immediate response. We specialize in crisis management and boast the ability to complete a six-hour turnaround from inquiry to move-in. Even if your needs aren’t as immediate, Carlton Senior Living offers short-term respite and recuperative stays.

Diabetic Management

Diabetes is a growing concern in the senior population and Carlton Senior Living is committed to creating better living solutions for diabetics. Our award-winning diabetic management program was recognized as one of the Assisted Living Federation of America’s “Best of the Best” with its licensed vocational nursing services, medication management, diet programs, exercise plans, and more.

Memory Care

Carlton Senior Living communities throughout Northern California offer a unique Memory Care design that includes features like a living room with a fireplace, a courtyard, and entrances and exits that utilize delayed egress and monitoring technology. These smaller, quaint environments are designed to provide superior care for seniors with dementia-related challenges. << Find out more >>

Fall Awareness

Preventing injury is vital to enjoying a long, healthy life and Carlton Senior Living is uniquely tuned to the fall and balance challenges facing the senior population. To this end, we offer balance fitness and healthy walking classes six times a week, fall awareness seminars, and fall risk assessments, all in the comfort of our independent and assisted living communities conveniently located throughout Contra Costa, Sacramento, and Alameda Counties.

The Awards

Carlton Senior Living has won “Best of the Best” awards from the Assisted Living Federation of America for Diabetic Management, Fall Awareness, Advanced Caregiver Training and Senior Executive in Training. The awards are part of an overall commitment to excellence in family-involved care for California seniors in need of independent living, assisted living or memory care.

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To put Carlton Senior Living to work on your senior care needs, please call 1-800-CARLTON (227-5866) right now.

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Letter from the Family

At Carlton Senior Living, taking care of your family is our passion and an extremely personal experience. I became involved in caring for seniors when I learned firsthand the challenges of caring for a loved one.

As primary caregiver for my mother, Carolyn, I was determined to develop a supportive senior community that would provide superior services, allowing her to be independent and enjoy her remaining years. That’s when I made a commitment to build caring, family-based communities to meet not only her needs, but the needs of other seniors, too.

My determination was paramount to the development of Carlton Senior Living. I wanted to create an environment that allowed seniors to enjoy active, quality lifestyles. That’s why our retirement communities offer vibrant activity programs, fun outings, fresh meals, and professional live entertainment many times per week. Most important to my mother and to me was that the community’s staff be well trained, caring and family-oriented.

Years ago my mom ingrained in me ‘If a job is worth doing, do it right.’ Those words still ring in my ears today and we strive to live them every day through our high-end retirement homes and memory care services.

In 1989, I had the good fortune to have my longtime personal friend, Dr. Donald Engle, join me as a partner. Dr. Engle provides medical expertise and supports our ability to build communities that enrich the lives of seniors and their families. His years of development experience perfectly match our vision to create unique senior living communities that offer a variety of levels of care, including Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

We are proud of what we have developed and enjoy spending time at our communities, where we have created a positive environment for seniors and their families. It makes me smile when I see residents laughing in the family room, enjoying Sunday brunch with their families or making new friends in the Carlton Café.

I can almost hear my mother saying ‘The job was worth doing, and you did it right, son.’

Tom MacDonald
Founder of Carlton Senior Living

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  • Wonderful Retirement Community

    by Betty Shrine

    Thank you to the Carlton Senior Living managers and team, for all of the care, patience, time and efforts you put in to helping my father, he was a blessed and happy man until he passed in March. My husband and I appreciate all that you did for him. We really want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sending us flowers on his funeral. Thanks again! Readmore »

  • Carlton Senior Living Retirement Community Is A Wonderful Place

    by Lesslie Copper

    We always feel so secure and sure that our grandmother is having a gala time at Carlton Senior Living. We keep getting her messages machine because she is always out and about with her friends. We want to thank you for taking such a good care of her. Her demeanor has changed for the better and we sleep better knowing she is happy and safe. Very much appreciated! Readmore »

  • Simply The Best!

    by Nancy W

    The wonderful and caring staff is interspersed between three facilities so if you need higher levels of care you are treated by people you know. Carlton has three nurses on duty 24/7 and a physician on call if your own dr does not make home visits. Carlton has EMT's living here and an ambulance on site should a resident have a fall or heart attack. Marilyn, our unequaled activities director, plans trips all during the month and is open to any and all suggestions. Many times we can not attend all the activities because we want a little quite time. Our library is well stocked with books and you just go in and take one, no signing, just keep it as long as you want or keep it for good. we have a beautiful fish tank in the lobby that is stocked with unusual fish and is continually getting more. The staff is so loving and will do anything for you. In fact the whole place is like a loving family. I'm sure I left out many advantages but an activity is calling me. Readmore »

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