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: 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 had been visiting prior to the move (look at the last three months), and also look at how often you plan to visit on an ongoing basis. If you start visiting daily or several times a week once your senior is in their new home, it could have unintended consequences. They may become overly dependent on your visits, making it more difficult for them to adjust and become part of their new community.

When deciding how often to visit, keep in mind how often you intend to visit on a long term basis. If, for example, you plan to visit once every two weeks, it would probably be best to start out at that frequency.

Remember that staff at senior care facilities are very skilled at managing transitions, and they are aware of the best ways to help a new resident integrate into life at the new home. You may want to ask staff members directly what would be the best way to ensure a smooth transition for your parent or loved one.

Keep in mind that visits should be based on the needs of the older adult, not on the needs of the family members. You may find that shorter visits are actually more helpful than longer ones. Many older citizens do not have the stamina for long visits, and it is often true that you will see a shift in their energy after 30 minutes or so. Take your cues from your loved one’s body language because they may be too polite to tell you they are getting tired, or they themselves may not recognize that they are getting worn out.

Visits from family and friends are extremely important to those living in senior care Olympia WA. So be sure to visit, and be sure to give it some thought so you are optimizing your visitation time with your loved one.





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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.