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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Choosing Adult Family Home Olympia WA

Who Needs Leprechauns?

Your Family is a Treasure

Family is treasureEvery March, we see images of leprechauns and the legendary pot o’ gold everywhere.  But the true treasure we can each claim is our family.  Everyone has a unique family story.  Combine the shared stories and the love we bring to our family, and a fortune is created.

As family members age, we need to consider their role in the story as we consider the living options available to them.  For many, independent living in the family home is the best option.  Others may choose to downsize and move to… Continue reading

Advance Directives: Helping Your Family Plan

Filling in an advance health care directiveHave you spoken with your family about their end-of-life plans?  Do they know your preferences for healthcare management in the event that you become too ill to express your wishes?  Although these topics are difficult to consider, they are especially important for family members of advancing age.

Advance directives are plans you create, often with the help of an attorney, listing specific wishes for your care in the event of devastating illness or injury. For example, would you choose to be on life support measures such as a respirator to help you breathe, or feeding through tubes to… 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

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.