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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Special Activities in Adult Family Homes Olympia WA

Live a full life in adult family homes Olympia WA

Moving into an adult family home doesn’t mean it’s time to settle for a quiet, uninteresting life. Adult family homes Olympia WA offer a wide range of life-enriching activities. The specific type of activities will vary from home to home, and the availability of activities on any given day will differ. But the smaller, more intimate size of adult family homes makes it possible to offer a more individualized program, focusing on the particular interests and needs of the individuals that live in the home.

In all adult family homes,… Continue reading

Life at Adult Family Homes Olympia WA: Using Computers

Computer use enriches life at Adult Family Homes Olympia WA

Senior citizens are becoming one of the largest age groups of computer users. Many adult family homes Olympia WA now offer the use of a computer and internet access as part of their service. This is a trend that may seem surprising, but it actually makes a lot of sense that seniors would find computer technology useful and enjoyable. To explain this trend we must first address the myth that says that older people can’t learn new things. Research shows that the three predictors of good mental function in old… Continue reading

Considering Adult Family Homes Olympia WA

You can feel at ease with adult family homes Olympia WA

It is not unusual for family members of an older adult to feel confused and overwhelmed when trying to make the decision of how to choose a living situation for their loved one. There are many considerations when trying to choose from the hundreds of available  homes and facilities. Part of the decision involves choosing which home will meet the specific needs of the individual resident, while another concern is how families will evaluate the quality of care and services at a particular home. One thing that adult… Continue reading

Adult Family Homes in Olympia WA: What are the Benefits?

Finding Adult Family Homes in Olympia WA

When you are exploring your options for senior housing facilities, you may want to consider adult family homes in Olympia WA. Adult family homes are private homes that are licensed by the state of Washington. They may care for up to 6 residents. They provide warm, personalized care in a family home within a residential neighborhood.  adult family homes in Olympia, WA

Each adult family home has licensed  care providers who have the training and experience to care for residents with a variety of needs. The providers may have different levels of skills–there may be a… 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

Considering an Adult Family Home?

Adult Family Homes offer comfort as well as careEarlier this month, we gave an expanded overview of Assisted Living Facilities as an option for senior care.  This week, we will describe Adult Family Homes as another choice to consider when a family member is no longer to live alone.

You may have seen adult family homes in your neighborhood.  These are residential homes, and often look just like any other home on the block.  They are licensed, however, and specially designed to provide safe, accessible housing for up to six non-related residents.

If your family member or other loved one is capable of safely… Continue reading

We help families find the right Elder Care Facilities in and around Olympia WA

Elder Care Choices in Olympia WA - group of seniorsWhether you suddenly become aware of a need for finding an elder care facility or you have been thinking about it for a long time, finding the right elder care facility does not have to be overwhelming. In fact, if you engage a free service like ours it might even be fun!

This is why we help families like yours find elder care options at no cost to you. By making it our business to know the details about all of the elder care facilities and options in our area, we are prepared to discuss your needs and reduce the… Continue reading

Adult Family Homes offer comforts of home

Adult Family Homes in and around Olympia WA offer families a choice that may be more comfortable for their loved ones than a standard assisted living facility. Adult Family Homes (AFH) 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. The available amenities will vary but, in most cases, the renter will be in an environment much like staying with their own family in a private room that they can call their… 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.