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 Denver Metropolitan 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.
Kelly O’Connor is an award-winning elder care consultant and owner of Senior Care Authority, Denver Metro. Together with her team, they dedicate a combined 40+ years of experience to those facing the aging or illness of a loved one. Her national practice includes a network of qualified professionals equally committed to quality care, life enrichment, community engagement, safety and dignity for elders.
Kelly knows exactly what it’s like to support a loved one during a time of transition or crisis. For most of her 20s, Kelly cared for older and ailing family members. At a young age, she held the responsibility of making critical healthcare and estate decisions during a time of crisis. She vowed that one day she would help other families through the vast complexities of the elder care journey.
While she had a successful career as a corporate communications director in the fashion industry in Los Angeles and New York, Kelly’s heart was calling her to contribute her talents and experiences in a larger, more meaningful way. She returned to graduate school, moved to Colorado, and started volunteering with various philanthropic organizations, including a local hospice in Denver. One day she received a surprise call that changed her life forever... a well-known senior industry professional said, “I have the perfect job for you.” The rest is history.
Kelly began a heartfelt second career in the senior living industry, specializing in moves and transitions. As of December 2019, she has personally served more than 800 families. She worked in almost every area of the field: independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, hospice and home care. She holds a master's degree in Spiritual Psychology and a Professional Advancement Certification in Gerontology. She also received her Certified Senior Advisor designation and is a Certified Eden Associate with the Eden Alternative, an international organization dedicated to transforming how nursing homes operate worldwide. In addition, she is a graduate of the Masterpiece Living Academy for Successful Aging and completed associate training through Naomi Feil’s Validation Training Institute. Kelly is on the board of the Society for Certified Senior Advisors Denver Leaders Network and is a founding member of the National Placement and Referral Alliance’s Denver Chapter. Contributing to her field nationally, she serves on a task force to design the first certification program for senior living placement agents across the country. In 2017, she was honored with the Young Professional in Aging award for the state by the Colorado Gerontological Society, and in 2019, the Unsung Heroes Foundation’s Woman of the Year.
Kelly's dedication to elders and their families is paramount in her life. Alongside her work, Kelly makes time to sneak away with her handsome four-legged companion Buddy, exploring the trails, lakes and coffee shops in Denver and throughout Colorado.
SENIOR CARE AUTHORITY COMPANY HISTORY
The original 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. In 2014, the model was franchised and Senior Care Authority is now a national company with offices throughout the US and Canada and added elder care consulting to their service offering. A seasoned senior living professional, Kelly O'Connor opened the Denver office for Senior Care Authority in 2015 and has served hundreds of families throughout the metro area.