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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Senior Care Olympia WA

Senior Care Olympia WA: Is it Time to Stop Driving?

Senior care Olympia WA can provide transportation solutions

 Are you struggling with the question of how long your aging parent should continue to drive? This is a question that will inevitably arise in the course of an aging parent’s life. It is played out in many families every day. Every family will address it differently. It seems to come down to safety vs. freedom. Who should decide when an elder should hang up the car keys for good? And how will their transportation needs be met from then on? The problem is complex, and can bring up lots… Continue reading

Senior Care Olympia WA: Family Visits

Are you wondering how often to visit a loved one in senior care Olympia WA?

 This is a question often asked by family members when an elderly parent or grandparent has recently moved into senior care Olympia WA. It can be a tricky question to answer because individual needs will, of course, vary. When a family member first moves into a care facility there is a tendency to want to visit frequently. Feelings of guilt, fear or anxiety may cause loved ones to visit often during the first few months.

senior care Olympia WAIt is wise to think about how often you… Continue reading

Tax information for Seniors in 2013

tax information for seniorsIf you are getting ready to prepare your 2012 taxes, you are probably aware that there are special deductions for those over 65.  CPAs and other tax professionals know just what to do, but if you are filing on your own you may not be aware of all the available deductions.

Medical expenses can be a large portion of expenses paid by seniors, and the list of deductible medical expenses is a long one.  Be sure to keep your medical bills each year, so you don’t miss out on this important deduction potential.  A recent article published… Continue reading

Seniors (and others) Get Moving in the New Year in and around Olympia WA

Have you heard someone you know talk about their Tai Chi class?  Maybe a friend is taking yoga, or attending water aerobics.  These classes are commonly available at local recreation centers or care facilities, and can make such a difference in the daily life of a loved one.

While not exclusively for seniors, many of these types of activities are well-suited to the changing physical qualities of the older adult.  A sedentary lifestyle can be very limiting, in terms of socializing as well as strength and well-being.  Many dance, water aerobics, and yoga classes can be… Continue reading

Consulting on senior living in Olympia and surrounding areas teaches us a lot about the benefits of volunteering at all ages

Volunteer to Make a Difference in Your Community

Have you ever volunteered for a project you felt was worthwhile?  Maybe you helped in a school, or canned food drive, or just picked up groceries for a friend.  Volunteering not only helps those around us feel special; it helps the volunteer become part of a group with a common goal in mind – the goal of strengthening the community.

Seniors can sometimes feel separated from their neighbors, and can become lonely or feel isolated when living alone.  Many elders have joined gardening groups, bridge clubs, or have taken… Continue reading

Sundown Syndrome – Does Your Loved One experience This?

Symptoms of Sundowner's Syndrom

Also referred to as “Sundowning”, this very common behavior among seniors with some degree of cognitive dysfunction displayed in confusion, agitation and other potentially detrimental behaviors that set in as the evening sky darkens.  Nancy Watkins is very familiar with Sundown Syndrome, and will help you find a care facility that will address this appropriately.

Sundowning is widely recognized by physicians and other experts in geriatric care and Alzheimers research.  Caregivers may be familiar with the signs of Sundown Syndrome even if they didn’t realize it was a named condition.

As the sun sets, shadows can cause… Continue reading

2012 guide for choosing your Medigap Policy

Medicare open enrollment ends December 7, 2012. This is the one time per year that those already on a Medigap plan can make changes.

As an advocate for seniors in and around Olympia WA, I am often provided helpful information that I like to pass on. One such item is the 2012 guide to choosing a Medigap Policy that is provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services.

This official government guide has important information about the following:

  • What is a Medigap (Medicare Supplement Insurance) policy
  • What Medigap policies cover
  • Your rights to buy a Medigap policy
  • How… 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

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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.