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 Olympia WA

Find Happiness in Later Life Through Assisted Living in Olympia, WA

Assisted Living in Olympia, WA contributes to Senior Happiness 

I was recently reading an article on happiness over the life span and how assisted living in Olympia, WA can contribute to it. I found the information both fascinating and encouraging. What I learned was that several studies that have been done on this topic indicate that Americans’ happiness increases after the age of 50. This is regardless of income, employment or children. This is also a consistent phenomenon all around the world.assisted living in Olympia, WA

Happiness is a subjective variable. But there is a significant amount of research that shows that… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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,… Continue reading

Assisted Living Aid for Veterans and Their Spouses

Assisted Living Aid for Veterans and Their SpousesAt Assisted Living Options, we do everything we can to ensure the best quality of life for our clients.

We help educate our clients about assisted living facilities available in Olympia and surrounding areas, but we also help people find programs that can help to increase their quality of life in later years.

One such program is the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit.  This benefit is for veterans and / or their spouses, as they encounter a time when one or both may need extra assistance with daily activities.  ADL’s, or Activities of Daily Living, encompass a range… Continue reading

Finding the best assisted living facilities in Olympia WA

Seniors having fun at assisted living facilityCall us today and let Assisted Living Options help you search for the best Assisted Living facilities in Olympia, WA!

If you are wondering what kinds of living options are available for loved ones here in Olympia who are no longer able to live alone due to injury, illness, or cognitive changes, you may be overwhelmed by the array of residence types.  When people think of homes for seniors, one very common image is that of the assisted living facility.

The term “Assisted Living” can encompass a fairly diverse range of living situations.  In most cases, seniors… Continue reading

When is the right time to consider elder care options?

young woman whispering to grandmotherWhen is it time to consider an Adult Family Home or an Assisted Living Facility in Olympia, WA?

Planning ahead can make a challenging situation less complicated, because you will already have Assisted Living Options on your side.  Armed with information about the differences between Assisted Living and Adult Family Homes, along with learning about other assisted living options in the Olympia, Tacoma, and Puyallup, WA region, you and your elder loved one will feel confident about your choices.

We have all watched loved ones aging, and it can be difficult to imagine a time when a… Continue reading

Considerations for Senior Care in Olympia WA

Ask the right questions for good senior careWith baby boomers turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 every single day, many individuals and their families are considering senior care and housing options such as assisted living. When considering senior care needs it is important to think about what your needs really are. Senior care services can meet your needs in health care and support services of individuals suffering with physical disabilities, chronic medical conditions, various forms of age related dementia or a terminal illness, in addition to meeting simple safety and security needs.

Assisted living and adult family homes help seniors with their daily activities, insure that… 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

Assisted Living Services in Olympia WA

What services can you expect at a typical assisted living setting in Olympia, WA?

As you research assisted living in Olympia, WA and nearby areas you may ask yourself, “What type of services can I expect in a typical assisted living environment? “ “Which assisted living facility in Olympia, WA will meet my needs?”

Common assisted living services include:

  • Three well balanced meals a day
  • Laundry and housekeeping services
  • Assistance with activities of daily living including eating, dressing, personal care and hygiene (bathing, brushing teeth, etc.), using the bathroom, and walking/wheel chair transportation
  • Medication administration assistance
  • Exercise programs, recreational activities… Continue reading

Considerations When Choosing an Adult Family Home in Olympia WA

If you are considering an Adult Family Home in Olympia WA or nearby, we can help you choose the right home.  Adult Family Homes provide assisted care in a home environment for a small number of people. They offer room and board, laundry, supervision and help with daily care as well as personal needs. It’s a cost effective option worth considering when you or your loved one needs more care.

Questions to consider when choosing an Adult Family Home in Olympia WA:

  • What type of help is available for personal care and medical needs?

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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.