Moving at any age is one of the most stressful things a person can do. Our team wants to make sure your Senior does not move from place to place until you finally find the right Senior Care home or facility. This can be very frustrating for both the family and your Senior. Our goal is to get it right the first time! Our relationships with the Valley’s best Assisted Living and Adult Group homes allows us to give you the information you need to make this important decision for your Senior family member.
We listen to your family’s needs and then find the homes that fit your criteria. We make all the calls to check for availability and then set the appointments to visit the Assisted Living Facility or adult group home. We go with you to each appointment so you really feel like you have a Senior advocate that will get you the answers you will need to make your decision. Our team is here to help in every aspect of your family’s Senior placement.
Meet Your Options For Senior Living Team
Scott M. Fischer, BSN
Options for Senior Living, LLC
President and Founder
Professional Association of Senior Referral Specialists (PASRS)
President and Co-founder
Scott M. Fischer earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University in 1986. He has had a variety of healthcare and business experiences in the past 30 years. His career has been dedicated to the health care industries, working for years in nursing administration, nursing education, mental health and home health nursing. Since 2000, his sole focus has been on the care and service of seniors, particularly in the area of senior mental health with an emphasis on seniors suffering from dementia. He has been a leader at developing and implementing a code of ethics and standards of best practice for the non-regulated senior living referral industry and is President and Co-founder of the Professional Association of Senior Referral Specialists (PASRS), a group that is dedicated to those causes. His company, Options for Senior Living was founded in 2003 to provide a professional consultation and guidance service to families and seniors seeking assisted living. He has served over 2000 families in the past 13 years, many of those who have had a loved one suffer from some form of dementia. As a former educator with the Maricopa County Community Colleges, he continues in his passion for teaching by speaking for the Desert Southwest Chapter of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Association, The Professional Association of Senior Referral Specialists and has presented at the national conference The National Guardians Association in 2015. He was also the former co-host of a radio program called Planning Past 50, which addressed a myriad of life issues, including health care decisions and financial planning for those who in the 50’s and older. He has been an avid reader and loves music and baseball.
Prior to coming to work at Options For Senior Living, Amy Dirks previously worked at the PASRS organization. She enjoyed working in the Senior Living Industry so much that she wanted to learn more about the challenges and solutions that seniors face as they transition into assisted living.
Her previous experience includes working at Regence BlueShield of Idaho for twelve years. In those twelve years she worked in several roles within claims operations including processing preauthorization’s and appeals, customer service, auditing and a large system conversion.
She has also been a caregiver to a seriously ill child and other family members. These experiences bring compassion and understanding of working within the healthcare system to find the best outcomes for the vulnerable.
She also spent three years working on planning committees with the American Cancer Society to organize large fundraising events.
Tammy Crutcher has served the Senior Living Industry for the past four years working with Options for Senior Living as the Office Manager initially. Then as Client Services Coordinator, Director of Family Services and now as a Senior Referral Specialist. Her service area of expertise is the West Valley, including Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Litchfield, Goodyear, Surprise and the Sun Cities.
Education and continuous learning through her association with the Professional Association of Senior Referral Specialists (PASRS) have sparked a passion for her to become a leader in senior healthcare issues. She and a colleague were the founders of the Senior Education Coalition in the west valley; a group dedicated to touching the community to raise awareness to the massive deficits the community has around issues affecting health and safety for the elderly.
Tammy’s greatest strengths are her compassion for people and displaying patience with the families she serves and a genuine passion for this industry. She is a mother of five daughters and has been a lifelong resident of the West Valley where she continues to live, work and make her home. Tammy states, “I joined the Options team to expand my knowledge of the industry and learn how to operate my own business while being a part of a team. Scott entrusted me with his business and helped me grow mine. I am a proud team member and love sharing my knowledge.”
Nathan entered the world of Senior Living when it became necessary to find better care for his loved ones in Phoenix, Albuquerque, and Denver, all within a few years. After understanding the difficulties in the search for the perfect place to call home for each family member, through diligent research and countless visits to the various types communities, he knew he wanted to help others through this process moving forward.
After meeting Scott, Nathan was moved by his motivation and felt he mirrored his compassion for the families he assisted. He decided to reach out to Scott for some tips on how to get started with helping families find the perfect option. Scott saw in Nathan a finely tuned attention to detail, a desire to work hard in helping families through what is often a complicated process, and a level of empathy for each person he meets that is unparalleled. After a couple of meetings, Scott welcomed Nathan to his team. Nathan is honored to represent the Option for Central Phoenix and Ahwatukee.
Kalle has her BSN from ASU and has spent the last 20+ years serving in the nursing, case management, and healthcare areas. She has a passion for helping others. She looks for the next opportunity to learn more about the industry, ensuring all those she comes in contact with she can serve and enhance their life. Her mission is to help her patients and educate them to make a difference.
Kalle decided this year to take her career in a new direction by joining the Options team and turning her focus to the senior living industry. Her experience in nursing and healthcare will fit in well as she assists her clients to navigate through making the decisions that will transform the next phase in their life. Kalle looks forward to being a part of making that difference with each person and family she comes in contact.
Kalle states, “I am excited to learn new things and then learn even more new things. This opportunity with Options will be a pivotal move in my career, in my life.”
Kerri Ann Ronquist
Kerri Ann focuses on making a difference every day. She hopes when she closes her eyes each night that she has done all she can do to be a real person – this includes: smiling, saying ‘Hi’ to all, thanking a Veteran, laughing, loving, helping those that cross her path. She always strives to do her personal best! She feels blessed to do what she does each day in her career. She is thankful people trust her with their life, their decisions, and her guidance. She wants each family and client to have faith that they are in good hands with her and the Options team on their side.
Kerri Ann states, “The best thing I have ever done or will do in my life and that I am most proud are my sons – Kaden and Tory. A family is the greatest gift we have whether those people are blood relatives or valued friends….if you call them ‘family’ they are apart of the gifts of life, no one can take that away from you. My education, life experiences (good and bad), career experiences, all, moved me to join the Options Team. This opportunity will give me the ability to do what I love!”
Sandy comes to Options for Senior Living with just under 25 years supporting and advocating for our aging Seniors. She began her career in Milwaukee, WI where she was born and raised and received her first degree, a Bachelor’ of Fine Arts-Music Therapy. Fresh out of high school and throughout her Bachelor studies, Sandy worked as a Music/Recreation Specialist for individuals with developmental disabilities. Throughout her college education and clinicals, Sandy’s focus included that of various health care populations which included that of both the younger, child and adolescent ages, as well as Gero-psych and the various Dementia’s.
Sandy’s continued desire to make a difference in the lives of others, led her to continue her focus on the aging population and not only opened a private Music Therapy practice of her own, but at the same time, began her climb up the career ladder and stepped into the operations/management side of things, opening several Senior Living and dementia-specific communities. In 2010, Sandy decided she wanted to continue her education as well, to support her growing career and obtained her Master’s in Health Care Administration. She went on to hold positions which included VP of Marketing for a local Hospice company, Administrator for a mobile physician practice and most recently, setting the stage for the opening of a brand new hospice.
Sandy has always had a love for our Senior’s and made the decision to ultimately leave the corporate world and step out on her own to focus on being a direct resource for our Senior’s and their families. Although Sandy is a Territory Owner with Options for Senior Living, assisting our Senior’s and families locate housing that best supports their needs, Sandy has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the overall Senior Living industry and is an all-around resource for our community members.
Sandy has lived in Gilbert, AZ since 2000 and when she is not immediately helping our Seniors, she is spending time with her husband and two boys, ages 14 and 16. When she has time, watching football (Green Bay Packers of course!) and finding her next DIY project are her two most favorite hobbies!
Kimberly Elias has spent her entire professional career helping seniors in various ways. She has an extensive background in mental health counseling and has worked with seniors who struggle with depression, grief and loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other aging issues. Additionally, she is the owner of a successful real estate business that is specialized in helping seniors navigate through the complex process of selling their home and buying real estate.
Her experience as a mental health counselor, coupled with her real estate expertise, has translated exceptionally well in her ultimate career as a Senior Living Consultant. Her mission is to help seniors live their best life and she will leave no stone unturned when it comes to finding the best community and resources for her clients. Advocacy, education, and extraordinary personal service are the foundation upon which she has built her success. For a free consultation, please call Kimberly at 928-580-9924 or by email at Kimberly@optionsfsl.com
As part of the Options Team Kimberly will service the tri-city area: Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey, Chino Valley. Also, Cottonwood, Sedona, Camp Verde, and Rimrock.
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Serving the Greater Phoenix Metro area since 2003, we can help you find adult group homes, retirement living, nursing homes and independent living options in the Arizona cities of:
Now Serving these cities in Northern Arizona:
Prescott | Prescott Valley | Dewey | Chino Valley | Cottonwood | Sedona | Camp Verde | Rimrock
Options For Senior Living - 18731 E. Superstition Dr. Queen Creek 85142 Phone: +1-602-845-1320 Fax: 602-795-7787
Disclaimer: The information about Phoenix assisted living provided here on our website, www.optionsforseniorliving.com, is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his or her physician.