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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Family Gatherings Are Good For The Heart

Assisted Living Facilities encourage family timeEaster Day is one of those special times when many grandparents get to spend precious hours with their grandchildren.  Often dressed in fancy clothes and with chocolaty faces after a morning hunting for candy and eggs, these grandchildren make everyone feel younger as we share in their joy.

Easter and the Passover holiday also give cause for reflection, a time when families can share their specific traditions that span the generations and educate young family members about the family’s history and culture.

When visiting with older relatives, help children take advantage of the wisdom of their elders.  We are a society whose relationship with our seniors has greatly changed in recent generations.  Where generations used to dwell together in a home, longer life spans and other factors have increasingly moved our oldest family members out of the home and into specialized communities such as assisted living centers.

These assisted living communities provide a great service, and help many family members with medical and mental needs beyond what the core family can provide.  But grandchildren and great-grandchildren of these seniors may not be benefiting from their elders’ important values and family storytelling.  Take the time to allow seniors to engage the young ones in telling the story of the family, of springtime holidays decades past.

We are grateful that assisted living facilities have evolved over time as medicine and philosophy have changes the way we see our seniors through their later years.  Passover and Easter, and spring in general are also a chance for us to look forward with hope.  We hope your family shares some treasured moments, and we wish you a beautiful spring day!


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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.