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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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 nutritional needs are met and that medication is taken on time as well as offering companionship and social interaction. Choosing an assisted living facility or adult family home as part of your family’s senior care plan is a big step that should not be taken lightly. Finding the right senior care solution requires patience, a little bit of common sense and knowing what to look for.

As a senior care consultant, it is my job to help you ask the tough questions and find the facility that will best meet the needs of you or your loved one.

Some of the important question that anyone should ask when considering a senior care facility are:

  • Would I want to live here?
  • Is this the right location?
    • Is this assisted living facility near the places and people my loved one relies on?
    • Is there a full-service hospital nearby?
    • Is the facility located close to relatives, doctor offices, shopping and other services?
  • What is the facility’s abuse and violation history? Get updated information about disputes, misconduct reports, citations and inspections at Meidcare’s website, Nursing Home Compare. You may also get information through your local long-term care ombudsman’s office, reachable at
  • How much will I pay and what does that cover? Read the fine print. Assisted living programs have widely varying payment plans, options and scales.
  • Do the visiting hours work for our family?
  • How is the food? As people age, their desire for food can often decline. Choosing only assisted living programs with tantalizing, easy to eat food can help with this issue over time.
  • What and how many special services does the facility offer? Whether you need them now or later, you’ll want to know if they offer services on site, or if you can easily secure them privately. (This includes occupational, physical and speech therapy, as well as dental care, foot care, eye care and hospice.)
  • What level of assistance can I expect from the staff?
  • What dispute procedures are in place?
  •  Can minimally mobile patients find safety in an emergency? Look for and ask about handicap accessibility, grab bars, available call buttons, emergency exits, skid-resistant floors and as always, a well-trained staff.

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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.