Nursing and memory care center opens in Tacoma

Nursing and memory care center opens in Tacoma

The Franke Tobey Jones retirement community in Tacoma has received state approval to open its new care center, which will be home to 43 skilled-nursing residents located on the top floor and 28 memory care residents on the lower portion of the building.

In late 2019, Franke Tobey Jones began transitioning its current skilled-nursing and memory care residents into the new center, as well as moving in new residents.

“What an exciting time,” said Bob Beckham, Franke Tobey Jones’ chief operations officer. “This highly anticipated move has gone very smooth. It’s especially gratifying to see so many happy residents and family members throughout our new care center.”

The new skilled-nursing and memory care areas are designed with small “suites” of rooms clustered around open living spaces where residents and family can gather. Nearly all the rooms are private, including a full private bathroom with shower in each room.

Other features of the new building include chef-prepared meals prepared on-site and served in dining rooms, and secure outdoor courtyards for memory care residents.

“This year, as we celebrate our 95th anniversary, we are proud to have a legacy of adding services, reaching out to the community to meet changing needs, and continually adapting to fit with the growth of the region,” said Judy Dunn, president of Franke Tobey Jones. “Our new care center will help increase services and programs to seniors on and off campus, making us one of the most comprehensive and integrated senior living communities in the region.”

Established in 1924, Franke Tobey Jones is located on 20 acres near Point Defiance Park. It offers independent and assisted living, along with skilled nursing and memory care.