Franke Tobey Jones — a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community — is in the final months of completing a nearly 65,000 square foot skilled nursing and memory care building on its North Tacoma campus. The building is expected to open this summer.

The aim of the building is to deliver care in a more homelike environment where people can “live in style, comfort, and dignity,” according to a press release. Upon completion, the building will house 43 skilled nursing residents located on the top floor and 28 memory care residents housed on the lower portion of the building with secure, open-access courtyards.

“This will not be your grandma’s nursing home,” said Christine Hall Werner, senior director of marketing and public relations at Franke Tobey Jones, in a prepared statement. “One of the main reasons is because it will not look or feel like your standard institutional skilled nursing facility. Both the new health care center and memory care community are designed with small pods of rooms clustered around open living spaces where residents and family can enjoy quality time together.”

Most rooms will be private suits with a private bathroom and shower. The facility will forgo medical carts and typical nursing stations in the hallways. Instead, each resident room will include a locked cabinet where the resident’s medications are kept.

Nurses, CNAs and other staff will be free to engage with residents and family members throughout the day in the various living rooms, dining rooms, activity rooms and other gathering spaces. The building was designed to look more like a large home in the classic Tudor style rather than an institutional building.

Franke Tobey Jones has a capital campaign underway to support the completion of the building. Donors and funders have contributed close to $1.4 million to date, according to the press release.

More information on the new building is available on Franke Tobey Jones’ website or by calling (253) 752-6621.