Franke Tobey Jones (FTJ), a nonprofit senior living community in Tacoma, continues to follow state guidelines for social distancing and still is not allowing guest visitations. However, on June 18 at 2 p.m., it will host a “Dads, Grads, Summer Fun Family Drive Through Parade” through the 20-acre property.
“We have FTJ team members that are graduates, and resident family members that have graduates,” said Christine Hall, senior director of marketing and public relations. “We thought, what a great theme, to honor our graduates and dads together.”
The parade path takes participants through the campus, passing each building, duplex, and assisted living area, as residents are seated six feet apart all along the route, or on their balconies. The hope is that, as others are driving through with signs and decorated vehicles, some of the graduates will walk through in their caps and gowns.
The first such parade was held in April, and everyone has been asking when the next parade would take place. According to Hall, “It was an amazing, amazing day. One of our team members said it best: ‘If you want to see what love is, you should’ve been in our parade.’”
FTJ has a personal concierge program for its more than 180 residents during this time, a conduit between residents and family members delivering anything from groceries, to personal items, and providing a direct link to inform them of how their loved one is doing. In addition, they have assisted with FaceTime and Zoom communications.
Several other activities have taken place. The fitness staff comes to each floor two to three times per week, as residents are seated outside their doors to do exercises. Small craft classes with four or fewer participants, observing social distancing and wearing masks, have begun. There is a bicycling group that takes rides together, some residents have flown kites on the front lawn, and groups of two resident musicians often make music together outside.
Everyone at FTJ is looking forward to the upcoming parade. “We are doing everything we can to engage our residents,” Hall said. “Residents are really excited, and family members are equally as excited. We have a lot of really good things happening here.”