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: 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 of emotions. It may be reassuring to know that senior care Olympia WA can provide a solution to your loved one’s transportation needs.senior care Olympia WA

As for the question of when your parent or grandparent should give up driving, there is no right way to convince an aging parent to give up driving because everyone is different. Approaching this subject gradually, over time, seems to be the best approach to getting your parent to see your point of view. It’s usually not a good strategy to bombard them with facts, figures and reasons that they should stop driving. Talking about it in shorter, repeated conversations will be more likely to get the results you want, but the following are some suggestions to start with. Some of them will seem obvious, while others may be new ideas. 

Talk to your parent about the harm they can do to other people if they continue to drive.

Talk to them about the harm they can do to themselves.

Let them know that you don’t think they should drive anymore.

Talk to them about helping them with errands and other needs.

Suggest other transportation solutions, such as neighbors, senior transportation, cabs, etc.

Express your empathy for the feelings that quitting driving will bring up.

Ask your parent’s doctor to assess how their health affects their ability to continue driving.

Find a way to make giving up driving your parent’s own idea.

Make a list of all the advantages of never having to drive again.

Help your parent learn how to take a cab or other mode of transportation. Take them through it yourself the first time.

Make positive statements that by not driving, your parent is protecting himself or herself and they are also protecting the safety of others.

At Assisted Living Options we can help you find senior care Olympia WA that includes transportation services that fit the needs of your parent or loved one. Contact us today, we can help put you on the road to peace of mind.



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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.