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 – Terminology

Free help with assisted living in Olympia WAIn Washington State, Assisted Living Facility (ALF) is used to describe a particular type of residential care facility. However, it is our experience that

Assisted living in Olympia WA is a generic term used by the general public to discuss many forms of senior housing options.

Whether it’s a spouse, parent or sibling, the challenges of aging bodies can sometimes add “caregiver” to our already long “to do” list. While most of us want to say “I would never…”, sometimes moving a loved one to some form of assisted living in Olympia WA may actually be the best choice for them! Unfortunately, this decision is often made at a time of great stress so having someone to help you not only understand the terminology but to get to know you and understand your loved one’s particular needs can minimize the amount of time your family needs to spend on the education and exploration phase of this process.

Moving a loved one to assisted living in Olympia WA or the surrounding communities can increase the quality of life for both the loved one and the family member that has become the “caregiver” by freeing up valuable time and energy. By allowing others to be responsible for the details of daily living your loved one now needs help with, the caregiver is free to enjoy the relationship itself. Now, instead of managing mom’s personal needs, you can spend time with her gathering important information about the family’s history, playing a game or sharing a sunset.

Additionally, professional caregivers are often better trained on how to insure that your loved one gets the help they need while maintaining as much independence as possible!

Of course, under the commonly used term of “assisted living” there are many sub-categories such as adult day care, adult foster care, adult family homes, in-home care, senior housing, independent living, respite care and more.

Finding the right assisted living in Olympia WA begins with understanding the terminology in more detail:

An assisted living facility (ALF) is licensed to provide housing and care services to seven or more people in a home or facility located in a residential neighborhood.

An adult family home (AFH) is licensed to provide housing and care services for up to six adults in a regular house located in a residential neighborhood.

The AFH may be run by a family, single person, or business partners. The AFH may also hire other employees. Some AFHs allow pets. In some homes, multiple languages are spoken. 

All AFHs and ALFs provide housing and meals (room and board) and assume general responsibility for the safety and care of the resident. What additional services are offered is different for each home and may include:

  • Varying levels of assistance with personal care.
  • Intermittent nursing care(a nurse available on a parttime basis).
  • Assistance with or administering of medications.

Some AFHs and ALFs also provide specialized care to people living with developmental disabilities, dementia, or mental illness.

Nursing homes provide 24-hour supervised nursing care, personal care, therapy, nutrition management, organized activities, social services, room, board and laundry.

If you prefer not to have to learn all of these terms yourself, but want to be sure that you make educated choices, please consider enlisting our free consulting service.



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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.