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 Living in Olympia WA – Day Trip Ideas for Seniors

As a professional consultant to individuals and families seeking Senior Living solutions in and around Olympia WA we often have interesting news to share with our readers.

A few weeks back, Assisted Living Options suggested some ways to make an outing with elder loved ones safe and non-stressful. If you are looking at that sometimes-sunny sky and trying to find somewhere to go with your loved one living in a senior living facility here in Olympia, we have a few suggestions to get you planning.

Olympic Flight Museum: This museum is located at the Olympia Regional Airport. January through April, they are open Wednesday through Sunday, but beginning in May the museum will be open from 11am-5pm seven days a week. World War II aircraft and memorabilia forms the bulk of the exhibit, and there are air shows and other events planned by the museum. Depending on their age and military experience, grandparents may be able to show younger generations the type of planes they or their fathers flew during their time in service.

Percival Landing: This boardwalk-style park on the waterfront of West Bay is a great place for people-watching. Stroll as far as you wish before stopping for a picnic, enjoying the sights and the Sound. A children’s playground will get the little ones tired out, and the sculptures scattered throughout are a great way to get all ages talking about art. There are places to eat and shop, and the Capitol can be seen at a distance. The distinctive roof of the Harbor House is eye-catching, too.

Olympia Farmers Market: Farmers markets are appearing everywhere these days, and the Olympia Farmers Market is now open for the season. Walk through the market, collecting samples and reminiscing about favorite meals, and maybe buy some flowers to send home with your loved one.

Spending the day with loved ones is important. Even when it seems challenging, remember that planning ahead can make a day’s adventure much more fun. Your family will appreciate it, and you will know you have helped create a memorable experience for all.



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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.