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What are the Benefits of Living Independently in A Senior Living Community

May 27, 2021 — Senior living has changed significantly over the past few years.  Senior Living Communities encompass independent living, assisted living, memory care and some feature skilled nursing as well.  Most are beautiful and comfortable with homelike facilities, offering an all-inclusive luxury resort or cruise ship ambiance, amenities, and service.  At least that’s what you can expect at... Read More

Thank You For Joining Our Parade!

May 27, 2021 — Thank you to everyone who participated in our Springtime Drive Through Parade on May 13th…it was so much fun! We had absolutely perfect weather too. A special thank you to the local Daffodil Princesses who participated, as well as to the Washington State Birthday Car Cruise Club and other local car clubs. Thank you to... Read More

Questions to Ask When Searching For Assisted Living

May 27, 2021 — Assisted living offers a living environment for people who need minimal help with their daily life and care. Assisted living apartments give you the ability to live independently while still receiving varying levels of care and assistance. Activities of daily living include personal hygiene, dressing, eating, maintaining continence and transferring/mobility. Deciding which assisted living facility... Read More

Happy Birthday Franke!

May 6, 2021 — Due to the current restrictions, we’ve had to cancel our 97th Annual Spring Tea, an event in May where we celebrate Mrs. Franke Tobey Jones birthday.  However, we didn’t want to pass up this opportunity to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our founder and to thank her, once again, for her vision and inspiration for seniors.... Read More

FTJ Loves Pets

May 6, 2021 — With the inspiration of FTJ resident, Pat Mail, who saw both a need and a great space for a dog park, FTJ went to work to repurpose this outdoor space into a small but very functional off-leash dog park for the use of residents and their pets. “When residents in the previous health care and... Read More

Notes from Philanthropy

May 6, 2021 — FTJ Employee Scholarship Committee: Investing in our Team Members Thanks to the go ahead from the Franke Tobey Jones Employee Scholarship Committee, Cheryl Parkinson Hummel was recently able to achieve a personal and professional goal that she had wanted for several years ~ enrolling in a commercial drivers school and getting a commercial driver’s license... Read More

In Memory

May 6, 2021 — It is with profound sadness that we said goodbye to Nancy Gee Locke, a beloved former Board Member who peacefully passed away in February. Nancy spent most of her life in Tacoma and Gig Harbor.  She volunteered for over a decade at Franke Tobey Jones, serving as a Board Member, Board Liaison for welcoming new... Read More

Welcome Back!

March 31, 2021 — Starting March 22 Visitors Have Been Welcomed Back to FTJ! We are happy to announce that Washington State DSHS and DOH updated the Safe Start for Long Term Care Recommendations and Requirements (Safe Start) for Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing to expand visitor access in all long-term care facilities.  Resuming indoor visits is... Read More

Wondering About The Cost of Senior Living? Use Our Budget Calculator To Find Out.

March 31, 2021 — Our Budget Calculator can assist you with understanding the costs of living in your current situation to those of senior living…including independent living, assisted living and memory care.  When you factor in all the services that are provided in your monthly rent at Franke Tobey Jones such as food, housekeeping, transportation and more, moving to... Read More

What’s the Difference Between a Companion and A Care Giver?

March 31, 2021 — Although people often use the terms interchangeably, there’s a difference between a companion and a care giver in terms of both responsibilities and training. A Companion has less or no training than a personal aide/care giver and are best for people that need “non-medical” help with some or many aspects of daily living.  A companion... Read More

Spring Into Actions – Meals and Essentials for Seniors

March 31, 2021 — Notes From Philanthropy What started as a call for help and some lofty goals became a collaborative effort made easy by Franke Tobey Jones residents, staff and board members. At the beginning of March, Kate Gray, Director of the Pt. Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center asked a favor ~ could she get some help with... Read More

What is the Next Best Step for You or Your Loved One(s)?

March 5, 2021 — Are you contemplating getting more in-home care or moving to a senior community?  Navigating senior care options can be overwhelming, and many families get “stuck” trying to decide what they need, when they need it and how to navigate conflicting emotions. Recently a new survey tool has been added to our website called Roobrik which... Read More