Mr. Tanton was appointed Administrator of Carriage House Manor in July 1992 and retired from that position in 2018. Prior to becoming a nursing home administrator, Mr. Tanton worked for State agencies having regulatory authority over nursing homes. Early in his career he fell in love with nursing home residents and developed a deep interest in their care. In October of 2000, Arvis and his wife Sheila purchased Carriage House Manor. Carriage House has grown to be the number one rehab and long term care facility in Sulphur Springs. In 2012 a dream came true when we opened the cottages. The Tantons were the first independent owners in Texas to build small home-like nursing and rehab facilities. “We are proud to offer Sulphur Springs such a unique long term care setting,” Mr. Tanton says. “We are grateful for everyone we have had the privilege to care for. Carriage House Manor has been a blessing to our family, and we hope it has been to those who have stayed with us, or may stay with us in the future.”
Sharla developed a love for serving the elderly as she grew up around long term care. In high school, she worked her summer breaks as the receptionist at Carriage House. She began working full-time here in 2005 following her graduation from Ouachita Baptist University. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. In 2007 she graduated from the University of North Texas with an MBA, emphasis in healthcare management; and in 2010 she earned her Nursing Facility Administrator license. During her career at Carriage House, she has worked as Medical Records, Human Resources, Accounts Payable, and Assistant Administrator. Following her father’s retirement in 2018, Sharla became Carriage House Manor’s third administrator since it was founded.
Charlotte joined Carriage House Manor in September 2002. She brings exceptional customer service to our facility having worked previously in commercial and retail banking. She is an Ambassador with the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce and a past director on the Chamber’s Board. She also is a member of the Pilot Club and has served as past president and secretary of the Hopkins County Marketers Association. Charlotte is a member of our facility’s Quality Assurance and Peer Review committees. She has received several awards, including First Convenience Bank Manager of the Year and Sales Promo of the Year, 2009 Ambassador of the Year, and 2003 Employee of the Year at Carriage House. However, Charlotte’s most proud of her family. She is married with two sons, two stepchildren, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Regarding her job, Charlotte said, “Marketing for the preferred nursing facility in this area makes my job enjoyable. It is my goal to make every admission into our facility feel special and to make every family member know that they have made the right choice for their loved ones.”
Dora Saldivar joined the Carriage House family in 2009 following her move from North Carolina to Sulphur Springs. Her family of five has now made Sulphur Springs their home. Dora’s conscientious and thorough work helped her advance from a laundry employee at Carriage House to Housekeeping/Laundry Supervisor in 2013. Dora is particular in cleaning her own house so she is driven to provide the same cleanliness for our residents in their home. She said, “The residents make me laugh a lot and help me forget my troubles every day. It’s a joy to work with them.” When Dora first started working here, she could not speak English. However, she was determined to interact with the residents and learned English to do so. We believe that is a testament to her caring heart.
Elizabeth “Beth” Mills came to Carriage House in 2011. She started as a Certified Nurse Aide while she was attending nursing school at Northeast Texas Community College. In 2015 she earned an Associate Degree, RN at Paris Junior College. Beth’s compassionate resident care helped her quickly advance at Carriage House. She went from C.N.A. to charge nurse to wound care nurse. In 2016 she became our Assistant Director of Nurses (ADON). And in November 2018, we were proud to promote Beth to Director of Nurses.
In addition to supervising our quality nursing care, Beth oversees the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement committee and Infection Control. She participates in the Peer Review Committee and the Fall Prevention committee. She is our biggest champion for person-centered resident care. Beth says, “I love geriatric nursing and assisting our community with their rehab needs. I am doing exactly what I am meant to do!”
Rarely am I in the kitchen when I am not taken back to memories of bonding with my mom and Grams over learning how to cook and bake. The best part of cooking is watching my family and friends enjoy eating the food as much as I enjoyed making it for them. I was taught serving good food is showing love, and that is why I do what I do. I love our residents and strive to make every meal a moment of happiness for them. To me, there is no better feeling in the world than to have a resident say, “That was the best I’ve ever had!” secretly knowing it was a recipe passed to me from the two most influential women in my life.
Chelsea DeLorge joined the Carriage House family in 2019. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor is Sociology from Tarleton State University. In 2018 she earned a Master degree in Social Work, also from Tarleton State University. She has always been passionate about working with the elderly. Chelsea says, “The reason I became a social worker was to take care of and advocate for those who could not do so for themselves.” While her passion is in social work, on her days off she enjoys spending time with her family and serving at her church.
With extensive knowledge of healthcare services and practices, Biankah Miles is a highly experienced and tenured ADON. She has been practicing nursing for over 18 years, demonstrating strong leadership qualities and adamantly ensuring compliance with nursing policies and guidelines. She has been with Carriage House Manor for more than 25 years. Biankah believes that no matter how difficult the days may get, she will never forget the reason she became a nurse. She resides in Sulphur Springs. While her passion is nursing, on her days off she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, church, and caring for others.