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If your family needs help exploring senior care options, our expert Advisors are a wonderful source of information with a wealth of experience. Your local Senior Care Authority office, serving Greater Rochester Area, is here to help. Should you need assistance outside of this area, we have franchises located throughout the United States and Canada and would be happy to direct you to services in your area.

Mike Kearney, CSA Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) ®

After working for more than 30 years in the corporate world, Mike Kearney has found a way to use his life experiences to help others who are facing life changing decisions for themselves or a family member.

I have been looking for a career that would allow me to use the skills and experience gained in a long career in sales and marketing to help seniors in need. Senior Care Authority has given me the opportunity to use my strengths and do something good for families.

Mike returned to the Rochester NY area where he grew up after more than 25 years away. An important part of his decision to return to Rochester was to be closer to his extended family, including aging parents.

I am blessed to come from a large and close family. As our first grandchild arrived, my wife and I realized we could not be happy seeing our grandchildren only a few times a year. At the same time, we both had aging parents and it was important to us to be able to spend more time with them while we still had that opportunity. During this time, we have seen friends and family experience very difficult times making decisions regarding aging loved ones and their ability to age in place.

Mike’s background in sales and marketing positions him well for assisting seniors to find the right fit. Mike now spends much of his time touring and reviewing local living communities – including assisted living, independent living, dementia and memory care, and residential care homes. He then meets one-on-one with families to assess their needs. He accompanies them on tours of pre-approved facilities, assists them with their negotiations and paperwork, and follows up with the client once the placement has been made.

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David Schanz, CSA Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) ®

Dave’s previous career spanned forty years developing business, selling and marketing consumer electronics, telecommunications, and internet devices to some of the largest companies in America for RCA, GE, Thomson, Technicolor, and LEA Networks. 

After 20 years away from Upstate NY, he retired from constant travel and high technology toys. Dave and his wife Jacquie purchased a home in 2018 in anticipation of returning to Rochester to care for my father who was suffering from Alzheimer’s and needing constant care. Sadly, shortly afterwards his father was diagnosed with Leukemia and passed. 

The stress, difficulty, and lack of knowledgeable resources triggered an inspiration for a new career path as an entrepreneur.

Along with my lifelong friend and business partner Mike Kearney we are now enjoying our third year in business assisting seniors and their families who need to transition from their current home to a safer, higher level of care.

Dave now enjoys guiding and informing seniors and their families to the best available communities where seniors have all the care and amenities needed to support their independence in retirement with compassion and empathy. 

If you have ever experienced helping your own family or friends, you know that finding a compatible, affordable senior community is complicated, stressful, confusing, and often needs to happen in a quickly due to some sort of crisis. If you, or someone you know find yourself in this situation, call me. I am an expert on senior community choices throughout the greater Rochester, NY area. In most cases our placement service is free to our clients via our large network of senior community partners. In all cases there is no charge or obligation for an initial consultation.

Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) ®

Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) ®

Earners of the Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® designation have demonstrated advanced knowledge in the multiple processes of aging. CSAs understand how to build effective relationships with older adults because they have a broad-based knowledge of the health, social and financial issues that are important to older adults. Through certification, Certified Senior Advisors agree to uphold the highest ethical standards for the benefit and protection of the health and welfare of older adults.


Senior Care Authority was founded in 2009 by Frank and Michele Samson of Sonoma, California. They opened a local placement agency and learned everything there was to know about finding the right care situation for an older adult needing help with activities of daily living. They came to the Senior Care space with successful business development skills in their past as well as personal family experience finding care solutions. The business took off, primarily due to their diligence, compassion, and commitment to helping families.

​In 2014, the model was franchised and Senior Care Authority is now a national company with offices throughout the US and Canada. As part of their expansion, they partnered with an eldercare consulting practice who brought another set of senior care services and skills to the company, a great differentiator for Senior Care Authority.

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Mike did a lot of the "legwork" for me and my family and this allowed us to concentrate on her doctor appointments and other care. I did not have time to do an extensive search based on my Mom' diagnosis and prognosis. Time was a factor. Thanks so much.

Kathleen F

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