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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Retirement Communities

These communities are usually designed for adults 55+ who are independent, without children at home and no longer interested in maintaing the burden of a large home or garden, but still want to have a private residence, landscaping done and activities available with others for them to enjoy. They typically do not include any health care services.

In-Home Care

When nursing care or chore services are needed and the resident is committed to staying in their own home, contracted services can be arranged on an hourly or around the clock basis. Services may prevent or delay a move to a care facility, but an assessment is first recommended to determine what services and how much care will be needed to get an accurate picture of the costs associated with that level of care, since they frequently can exceed that of assisted living communities.

Assisted Living Communities

These apartment-style communities are licensed to care for seven or more residents. They typically provide studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, three meals a day, snacks, a variety of social activities, transportation to medical appointments and help with activities of daily living (ADL). Some Assisted Living communities provide limited nursing services; others may specialize in serving people with mental health problems, developmental disabilities, or memory loss and dementia including Alzheimer’s disease.

Memory Loss and Dementia Care

Facilities specializing in Memory Loss and Dementia Care can be found as part of Assisted Living Communities, Adult Family Homes and in a Skilled Nursing Homes. They specialize in the care and needs of residents experiencing varying degrees of decline in any or all areas of intellectual functioning, use of language and numbers; awareness of what is going on around him or her; judgment; and the ability to reason, solve problems, and think abstractly.

Adult Family Homes

These are residential homes licensed to care for up to six non-related residents. They provide room, board, three meals a day and snacks, laundry, necessary supervision and help with activities of daily living, personal care, and social services.

Skilled Nursing Homes

A Skilled Nursing Home, also known as a Convalescent Home or rest home provides continuous nursing care every day around the clock and provide assistance with all activities of daily living such as bathing, toileting, dressing, eating, etc. Residents include the elderly and may also include younger adults with physical or mental disabilities. Eligible adults 18 or older can stay in a skilled nursing facility to receive physical and occupational therapy and other rehabilitative therapies following an accident or illness.

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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.