New boutique operator Carino Care takes over Ark Health Care’s remaining Sydney facilities

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As we covered here, Not For Profit Anglicare acquired Ark’s Parramatta aged care facility in July after Nine News revealed that the home had passed just one of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA)’s 44 accreditation standards – a first in the sector.

Now Tierra Healthcare, operating under the name of Carino Care, has assumed control of its four remaining facilities in Russell Lea, Oatley, Sylvania and Rockdale.

While relatively new to the sector, being founded in 2015, Carino has an executive and management team with considerable experience.

Tierra’s Executive Chair is Rob Hankins, former CEO of SA’s ECH from 2001 to 2015. Under his leadership, ECH grew from a $36 million to a $126 million turnover business, and also served as National President and Chair of Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA).

Tierra’s CEO is Dr James Grealy, formerly the Chief Operating officer and Chief Executive Officer at Aquarius Care.

Their experience will be needed. Carino says its first step will be to regain full accreditation across three of the four homes and in the weeks to come, focusing on continuity of staffing, “great food” and wellbeing programs for residents.