Franke Tobey Jones, a Tacoma-based retirement community, opened the doors of its new center last week and is transitioning residents into the new building.

The contemporary building offers “a more homelike environment,” with open access to a secured courtyard, chef prepared meals served in a dining rooms, more privacy in resident rooms, and other amenities.

Franke Tobey Jones Some of the new features at the center are small touches, but ultimately make the space feel more like home — instead of medication carts, residents have a locked cabinet in their rooms where their medications will be kept. And rooms are designed more like suites with open living spaces centrally located.

“This highly anticipated move has gone very smooth with the help of our capable TFJ team members, resident family members, and our resident ambassadors,” said Bob Beckham, COO for Franke Tobey Jones. “It’s especially gratifying to see so many happy residents and family members throughout our new care center, lots of fun activities going on, and delicious meals being served. It’s a proud time for Franke Tobey Jones and the legacy of Mrs. Franke Tobey Jones, who would be very proud if she could be with us today.”

Franke Tobey Jones was established in 1924, celebrating its 95th anniversary this year, and is located adjacent to Point Defiance Park. It offers independent living, 24-hour skill nursing, and memory care.