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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 Central Virginia, 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.

Lisa Isbell

Lisa Isbell is the owner of Senior Care Authority of Central Virginia. She has worked with older adults for many years in a variety of capacities. Earlier in her career she assisted retirees with retirement planning, long term care insurance, and Medicare needs as a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Registered Investment Advisor (RIA). After operating her business for over a decade, she joined a local church staff and helped lead church operations.  

Seeking to work with older adults and their families again, Lisa opened Senior Care Authority of Central Virginia after experiencing the care needs of her own parents. Knowing that finding the right care for loved ones can be stressful and frustrating, Lisa and her team work patiently with families, educating them on the many care options available in Central Virginia. Working with a wide range of experts and local resources, Lisa and her team help make the transition to care a smooth one for seniors and their families.

Lisa received her undergraduate degree from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and her graduate degree from the University of Richmond. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), and a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT) with the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Lisa is a Community Educator with the Alzheimer’s Association, and also speaks on Dementia Care and Aging topics to various groups. She and her husband, Scott, have two teenage children.

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Kate Turner

Kate Turner

Kate Turner has both personal and professional experience working with older adults and those with dementia. Seeking support for herself and others, she partnered with the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association to create a "Younger Caregivers" support group. This group brings together individuals sandwiched between caring for aging parents and raising children. The group works together to brainstorm creative solutions to challenging issues, share resources, and lend overall support. Kate also works closely with the Joyful Voices Chorus, a community chorus for singers with Alzheimer's and Dementia and their caregivers. Kate's passion for senior advocacy brought her to the role of Elder Care Advisor.

A graduate of Mary Washington College, Kate formerly served as a corporate Community Relations Project Manager. She also has a background in Volunteer Management and Data Management. Her personal experience,compassion, and strong organizational skills offers just the right combination when working with families and older adults. Originally from the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Kate loves all things nautical. She enjoys traveling with her husband and two sons whenever possible.


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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"I would like to recommend Lisa Isbell to anyone who is in search of care for a beloved senior!!.. Lisa went the extra mile in helping me search for a place for my Mom to stay... She's very genuine, sincere and knowledgeable. A++"

Dave L

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