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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Assisted Living in Olympia WA Licensing Agency Guidelines

Assisted Living in Olympia WA is overseen by the AGING AND LONG-TERM SUPPORT ADMINISTRATION, a part of Washington's Department of Social & HealthLicensing and monitoring of Assisted Living in Olympia WA is overseen by the AGING AND LONG-TERM SUPPORT ADMINISTRATION, a part of Washington’s Department of Social & Health Services.

Unlike some states, we are fortunate to be in a state that requires assisted living facilities and adult family homes to be licensed and monitored. State licensing provides some assurance that the assisted living in Olympia WA you choose has at least met the basic requirements to gain and maintain their license.

An assisted living facility is generally located in a residential area, but accommodates more residents then an adult family home, which can have a maximum of six. The services offered are quite similar. In order to become licensed to provide assisted living in Olympia WA or other cities and towns in Washington State, the administrator must have a minimum of 75 hours of training. The training includes basic training (first aid and CPR) and/or specialty training such as working with special types of populations (memory care, dementia etc.).

While being in a state that requires assisted living facilities to be licensed eases some concerns, it is not the only thing to look for.

When you choose to work with a Certified Senior Adviser, you add yet another layer of protection to your choices in assisted living in Olympia WA. In many instances, these choices are being made during a stressful time in a family’s life. Frequently assisted living is a choice after a medical or emotional crisis. During this time, it’s hard to think straight and remember all of the questions you should always ask of any facility you are going to trust with the care of a loved one.




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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.