Nancy Watkins

Assisted Living Olympia WA - Nancy works with AFH ownerNancy Watkins has spent ten years serving seniors and their families, representing assisted living and memory care communities and working with adult family homes and other long-term care providers in Washington. She helped to rewrite Washington’s regulations to better serve its seniors and developed the state’s first Aging and Disability Services Administration-approved training program for managers of memory care and assisted living communities. She knows what to look for and the questions to ask when touring a care setting. And she can tell you who is doing a good job. When developing a list of options for a senior’s care setting, she will include only those settings that have met her high standards for quality care. More...
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Providing Caregiver Support in Puyallup WA

Finding support for caregivers and other family members in Puyallup is simpler now that you have found Assisted Living Options.

Family members helping care for their senior loved ones can often feel overwhelmed.  The individual is now faced with the backwards feeling of taking care of a parent, instead of the other way around.  Helping an elderly parent walk or go shopping may become routine, but what about when a parent loses the ability to prepare his or her own meals, recognize danger, or becomes unable to manage personal hygiene?  This can feel like a crushing blow… Continue reading

Finding Senior Care in Puyallup WA

Finding the best Senior Care in Puyallup WA is easier when you have the right resources.

None of us like to think about having to find a senior facility for our parents or other loved ones, but it is something most families will have to talk about at some point.  With so many choices available , how do you know where to start?  How can you know when senior care in Puyallup WA will meet your standards?  That’s where Nancy Watkins  of Assisted Living Options can make all the difference.

Nancy’s … Continue reading

Senior Living in Olympia WA – Day Trip Ideas for Seniors

As a professional consultant to individuals and families seeking Senior Living solutions in and around Olympia WA we often have interesting news to share with our readers.

A few weeks back, Assisted Living Options suggested some ways to make an outing with elder loved ones safe and non-stressful. If you are looking at that sometimes-sunny sky and trying to find somewhere to go with your loved one living in a senior living facility here in Olympia, we have a few suggestions to get you planning.

Olympic Flight Museum: This museum is located at the Olympia Regional Airport. January… Continue reading

Finding the Best Senior Living Options in Puyallup WA

Senior living Puyallup WAIf you are helping a loved one explore housing choices, you might be overwhelmed with the options available for seniors in our region.  The good news is that assisted living facilities and other elder care residences have come a long way since they first appeared.  The “bad news” is that, with so many alternatives, it can be challenging to know where to begin.

Fortunately, Nancy Watkins created Assisted Living Options to help provide a free service for families in such situations.  Whether your loved one is just beginning to seek out an alternative to living solo or… Continue reading

Family Gatherings Are Good For The Heart

Assisted Living Facilities encourage family timeEaster Day is one of those special times when many grandparents get to spend precious hours with their grandchildren.  Often dressed in fancy clothes and with chocolaty faces after a morning hunting for candy and eggs, these grandchildren make everyone feel younger as we share in their joy.

Easter and the Passover holiday also give cause for reflection, a time when families can share their specific traditions that span the generations and educate young family members about the family’s history and culture.

When visiting with older relatives, help children take advantage of the wisdom of their elders.  We… Continue reading

Spring Outings With Family in Elder Care

lilacs2Spring is here! Of course, here in the Pacific NW that often means we will see more rain than sun, but the bright daffodils and tulips help brighten the days. As the weather warms up, it’s a great time to send away the winter’s torpor and get out into Nature. If you have family or friends in elder care, such as an adult family home or assisted living facility, remember that they may enjoy an outing even more than you!

If you do take an friend or relative in elder care out on a day trip,… Continue reading

Tax information for Seniors in 2013

tax information for seniorsIf you are getting ready to prepare your 2012 taxes, you are probably aware that there are special deductions for those over 65.  CPAs and other tax professionals know just what to do, but if you are filing on your own you may not be aware of all the available deductions.

Medical expenses can be a large portion of expenses paid by seniors, and the list of deductible medical expenses is a long one.  Be sure to keep your medical bills each year, so you don’t miss out on this important deduction potential.  A recent article published… Continue reading

Who Needs Leprechauns?

Your Family is a Treasure

Family is treasureEvery March, we see images of leprechauns and the legendary pot o’ gold everywhere.  But the true treasure we can each claim is our family.  Everyone has a unique family story.  Combine the shared stories and the love we bring to our family, and a fortune is created.

As family members age, we need to consider their role in the story as we consider the living options available to them.  For many, independent living in the family home is the best option.  Others may choose to downsize and move to… Continue reading

The Best Information for Seniors in Washington State

10You know who to call when you need help with taxes, and you probably have a primary physician who can help you with your medical needs directly or by referral to a specialist. But how do you know where to find the best information on senior housing and other senior issues? In Washington State, you have Nancy Watkins at your service.

As a CSA (Certified Senior Advisor) and senior housing expert in Olympia, Washington, I am here to assist you with senior housing and other senior issues. The CSA designation means that I chose to enhance my work for… Continue reading

Advance Directives: Helping Your Family Plan

Filling in an advance health care directiveHave you spoken with your family about their end-of-life plans?  Do they know your preferences for healthcare management in the event that you become too ill to express your wishes?  Although these topics are difficult to consider, they are especially important for family members of advancing age.

Advance directives are plans you create, often with the help of an attorney, listing specific wishes for your care in the event of devastating illness or injury. For example, would you choose to be on life support measures such as a respirator to help you breathe, or feeding through tubes to… Continue reading

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Nancy was so compassionate

I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful it has been having Nancy help us find a place for my Mom who has dementia. Nancy was so incredible and helpful especially at a time when we were, as can be imagined, having one of the most difficult family events ever. Nancy was so compassionate more »

Rinee M.
Thank you so much

Hi Nancy, I want to thank you on behalf of my brothers and I for helping us find a place for our mother. I was at a loss as to how to go about things until I got hold of you. I’m sure we would still be looking had it not been for your help. more »

Chuck T.
My cousin is very happy now

Thank you for all that you did for my cousin… She may have been reluctant at first, but she is very happy now (and much safer). You played an important part in this transition.

Fr. Tim I
Great help finding a nice home for dad

Nancy, thanks for the great help in finding a nice home for my dad – things are so much better for him now

Bob P.
Positive spin on the transition.

Talked to mom today and heard no regrets (after her move to assisted living). I give you a lot of the credit… you really helped to put a positive spin on the whole transition.

Elizabeth A.
A mere thanks hardly covers it

Picking me up, handling the walker every time, generally bolstering me mentally; a mere thanks hardly covers it all!

Margaret I.
Good fit to Mothers needs

Thanks Nancy for responding so quickly to my plea for help. I couldn’t have done it without you. Finding a home for my mother so quickly and a good fit to her needs. I now know I would have made a critical mistake if I had done this on my own. Your guidance in knowing more »

Barb H.
Good care of my Dad

I can’t thank you enough for recommending the house my Dad is living in. Joyce and Sandy are great, along with the other gals. They take such good care of my Dad and I think he really is enjoying living there. It has been a great move for him.

Mary M.
Wonderful to work with

Hi Nancy! This is a hello and thank-you from Duane B’s family. You miraculously found him an assisted living place right after Christmas 2011. He was 96 at the time and in a “spend down” period. You found him a wonderful place in Kirkland. Anyway, I was trying to find something else in my e-mails more »

Cheri A.