Communities host five-stop tour

Five senior living communities in Tacoma are once again joining to help seniors find the best community for their wants, needs, desires, location and budget.
On Feb. 17, Franke Tobey Jones, Narrows Glen, Merrill Gardens, Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community and Weatherly Inn will host group tours to give potential future residents a snapshot of as many of the communities as they desire.
“Together, we want to make sure you are well-informed about the options in the Tacoma area,” said Christine Hall, Franke Tobey Jones’ senior director of marketing and one of the event’s organizers. “You can be assured in choosing one of these communities that you will be well cared for.”
The event has been held the past two years, “and last year we ran out of seats on all our vans,” Hall said. “If you’d like to join the tour in February, please make sure to call and make a reservation so we can reserve a seat for you.”
It’s “perfectly fine” for people to drive their own car and follow one of the community vans, but they should still RSVP so enough food and brochures can be prepared, Hall added.
Reservations and RSVPs can be made at 253-756-7562 by Feb. 12 in order to have a place on a tour van and schedule which communities to visit
The schedule calls for, at 10 a.m.:
• Start at one of the five communities.
• Hear a short presentation about the communities and the day’s activities, and then tour that community.
And from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
• Get aboard the community van or drive in your own car and go to the next community.
• Each will have a representative from that community to answer questions, and each van will stop at all five locations, then take participants back to where they started.
Kristine Grant, Community Relations Director for Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community and also a Tour event organizer.
“We are really looking forward to being able to provide a wide array of information and answer questions for seniors who are thinking about moving into a retirement community,” said Kristine Grant, community relations director for Tacoma Lutheran Retirement and also a tour organizer.