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: Making a smooth transition

Assisted living in Olympia, WAEasing the transition into Assisted Living in Olympia, WA 

Helping your loved one make that transition from home into an assisted living facility is an important time in your family’s life. After making that all-important decision to move into assisted living in Olympia, WA, you will begin thinking about how to make that transition go as smoothly as possible. Here you will find some tips that many families have found especially helpful.

Help get the room set up ahead of time. Bring in personal items from home that will help your loved one feel more at home. Of course you will want to include photos and mementos, decorative pillows, blankets, books, and other objects that make the room feel familiar. 

Next, be sure to discuss the personal preferences of your parent or loved one with the staff of the facility. Give them plenty of information about his or her daily routines, food preferences, communication style, and personal habits to ensure that the transition goes as smoothly as possible.

You can provide a supply of the new resident’s favorite snack foods and drinks. Familiar food and drink is sure way to help someone in a new situation feel nurtured and comforted.

You may want to bring in a CD player or ipod loaded with favorite songs. This is another way to create a soothing atmosphere in the new environment. Music also has the ability to create connections with other people in the new home. Many people enjoy sharing memories that are evoked by music.

One more ways of preserving connections is to post a calendar in the new room with a schedule of family and friends’ visits and calls. This will help create predictability in your loved one’s life. Knowing when the next visit or call can be expected will increase his or her sense of security. When someone isn’t able to visit in person, find out if Skype sessions are a possiblity.

These are just a few ideas that can help make a smooth transition into assisted living in Olympia, WA. At Assisted Living Options we have the expertise to help guide you every step of the way in this new stage of life. 


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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.