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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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

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

Giving Thanks For Our Senior Loved Ones

This time of year is one of caring and giving for many families.  While we endeavor to share our love with family members year-round, Thanksgiving is a special time to show our loved ones how much we care.  Through family events, phone calls, and lengthy meals interspersed with football and nap-time, we share ourselves with our family.

If you have a loved one in an elder care facility, one of the most valuable things you can give is the gift of time.  If you live close by, take the time to visit more frequently than usual.… Continue reading

November is National Family Caregivers Month!

Elder care is one of our most important jobs.

As Thanksgiving nears, we all begin to think about all we have to be grateful for in our lives.  As one who is deeply compassionate about elder care and helping the families of loved ones needing elder care, I want to acknowledge National Family Caregivers Month.  I appreciate the care you provide to your loved ones; there is no greater gift to another than taking time to care for them.  Thank you for your strength and kindness.

As caregivers, it is very important to know when outside… 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.