America’s Best Continuing Care Retirement Communities 2024

January 3, 2024 — Franke Tobey Jones Ranks 94th in the Nation The America’s Best Continuing Care Retirement Communities 2024 ranking awards the leading 250 retirement communities in the US based on a reputation score consisting of survey results from medical professionals, acquaintances of residents and current residents.  Accreditation were also taken into account.  Franke Tobey Jones ranks #94... Read More

Do More, Feel Better Program

December 27, 2023 — In conjunction with the University of Washington, the Point Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center is participating in the “Do More, Feel Better Program.” What is it? They are looking for people interested in a 9-week virtual program called “Do More, Feel Better” that is based on research showing that increasing participation in pleasurable and rewarding... Read More

Notes from Philanthropy: Bringing the Gift of Home to Memory Care

December 23, 2023 — Heidi White, Director of Life Enrichment had a special wish for a long time. She had learned about a company in the Netherlands that specialized in making decal front doors to help people with dementia to feel more at home in long-term care. “If we could apply these full door decals to the front of... Read More

Health Care Providers Council of Pierce County Raises Money for Local Senior Centers

December 22, 2023 — In December the Health Care Providers Council (HCPC) of Pierce County presented a $1200.00 check to our Ruston-Point-Defiance Senior Center and the same amount to 18 other Senior Centers in Pierce County, including Lighthouse and Beacon Senior Centers which FTJ operates. The monies raised from the 2023 HCPC’s Parkinson’s Conference, Alzheimer’s Conference, All-Star Caregiver Awards... Read More

Making Spirits Bright at the Pt. Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center

December 21, 2023 — Festive music and joyous spirits were in abundance last week at the Pt. Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center when they hosted their annual holiday party. Over 70 people were in attendance and with much gratitude to an anonymous donor, everyone enjoyed a complimentary delicious ham lunch accompanied with apple pie and ice cream and served... Read More

Help For Isolated Seniors

December 14, 2023 — Celebrate Seniority offers two free programs that can assist seniors who are feeling isolated and lonely. MultiCare Celebrate Seniority is offering a program called “Help For Isolated Seniors.” Contact for this program is included on the flier.   Below is more information about the program.  I will also attach the application forms. The Senior Friend Program... Read More

Another FTJ Scholarship Recipient

December 12, 2023 — We want to extend our congratulations to another scholarship recipient, Hannah Gitonga, an FTJ team member who is currently a CNA and pursuing her nursing degree at the University of Washington! Hannah is a mother of three children, a 4.0 student, and this is her 2nd well-deserved award to assist with tuition.  As she said,... Read More

Older Adults Are Demonstrably Less Vulnerable Soon After Moving into Senior Housing

December 7, 2023 — National Opinion Research Center Older adults have heightened vulnerability to illness and impaired mobility prior to, and just after, entering a senior housing and care property, new research shows, but frailty levels then quickly plateau and ultimately decline.   The research was conducted by NORC (National Opinion Research Center) at the University of Chicago, funded through... Read More

What To Look For When Visiting Your Parents This Holiday Season ~ Signs Your Loved One Needs More Assistance and Tips for Starting the Conversation

December 4, 2023 — When visiting your aging parents over the holidays, you may notice: One or both have lost weight. Expired or rotting food in their refrigerator. Cooked food in the oven that was never eaten. Unkept either inside or out…or both. Expired medications or they are not taking their medications. They are having a hard time keeping... Read More

Employee Scholarship News!

November 1, 2023 — The Employee Scholarship Committee unanimously voted to approve the application of three outstanding Franke Tobey Jones employees. With the help of these funds Heidi White, Patricia Moore, and Vivienne Campbell will be able to enroll in a Coach Training course that will not only benefit our beloved memory care residents but will allow them to... Read More

FTJ – New Therapy Provider and Program

November 1, 2023 — Franke Tobey Jones is pleased to announce our new rehabilitation and wellness program called AgeSTRONG by Consonus Rehab.  We are committed to ensuring residents have access to the best services to achieve and maintain their highest levels of health, wellness, and fitness. AgeSTRONG is taking the place of Infinity Rehab as our therapy provider. This... Read More

Pierce County Caregiver Awards – CONGRATULATIONS FTJ Care Givers!

October 6, 2023 — Each year the Health Care Providers Council of Pierce County recognizes the outstanding care givers in Pierce County.  This year there were 144 nominees, and 16 winners were chosen from a committee of HCPC members.  Nominations came from Adult Family Homes, other Senior Living Communities and from those receiving care from in-home care providers.  This... Read More