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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Who Needs Leprechauns?

Your Family is a Treasure

Family is treasureEvery March, we see images of leprechauns and the legendary pot o’ gold everywhere.  But the true treasure we can each claim is our family.  Everyone has a unique family story.  Combine the shared stories and the love we bring to our family, and a fortune is created.

As family members age, we need to consider their role in the story as we consider the living options available to them.  For many, independent living in the family home is the best option.  Others may choose to downsize and move to a “55 and older” community, and for still others some form of assisted living makes the most sense.

If you have been helping family members with decisions about care for older relatives, then you have probably noticed that there are many choices available.  How do you narrow down the options?  If you have decided on assisted living facilities, how do you even know which ones to consider?  Does your loved one have any veterans’ benefits or other benefits that will help pay for their living expenses?

Families care for each other in many ways.  Your older relatives have helped care for you throughout your life, and helping them find the best living situation can be one way to show how much you value them.  Because the many variables make a decision so challenging, we hope you will consider Assisted Living Options as a resource.  Nancy helps make the decision much simpler, and leaves you feeling confident that you have made an informed decision.  Your family is like the treasure at the end of the rainbow – once you have it, don’t let it go!


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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.