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Dr. Juan Grana , President & Executive Director

Juan has spent his entire career taking care of patients of all ages. First as a Chiropractor, then doing ergonomic and biomechanical consulting work for major corporations, hospitals assisted living facilities and nursing homes. It was there that Juan saw that there had to be a better way than placing loved ones in a nursing home or assisted living. Thinking about his own parents, he vowed to find a way to help families stay together. Juan saw that there were limited choices available for the care of seniors requiring some degree of assistance and supervision, and felt that Adult Day Care filled this void in the continuum of care in the United States. Through an extensive national search, he found SarahCare to be the premier provider of these services in the country, and purchased a franchise. Subsequently, SarahCare at Watchung Square officially opened in February 2008.

Juan spent twenty years running a Chiropractic Practice in Elizabeth, NJ, specializing in low back conditions. He started Work-Safe Enterprises in 2000 to help corporations prevent employee injuries and has worked with several Fortune 100 corporations.

Juan received a BS degree major in Pre-Med Chemistry from Seton hall University and his Doctor Of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College. Received certification as an Injury prevention Consultant from F.I.T. He is the staff physician for Aikido Schools of NJ, where he is an Instructor and fourth degree black belt. He has earned the Certified Senior Advisor, CSA™ designation and serves on the Board of Directors for the Gateway Chamber of Commerce.


As the executive director, Juan is responsible for the day-to-day operation of our center, supervising staff and overseeing all marketing, data collection and record keeping activities.


Director of Nursing - Baneza Padilla

Baneza Padilla is our director of Nursing, who oversees all of the healthcare aspects of our center.  She is a graduate of Union County and Muhlenberg Nursing colleges.  She has extensive experience working with Geriatric patients.  Her duties at the center include dispensing medication, taking blood pressures, blood sugar and much more including coordinating our participant’s care with their primary care physician.

 


Social Service - Robin Harris

Robin is in charge of all social services at SarahCare. She assists all our participants with any community service they may need. She is a graduate of Kean University, where she received her BS in Social Work. She has 15 years’ experience working as a geriatric social worker in a variety of settings including long-term care, senior housing and adult medical day care. Her passion for helping seniors feel good about themselves and helping them cope with the challenges they face, make her a great asset to SarahCare and we could not be happier she is with us.

 


Nurse Assistance Director - Patty Farraye

Patty Farraye is our Nursing Assistant Director.She has been with SarahCare for 2 ½ years.She assists all participants with their activities of Daily Living while they are at SarahCare.Patty is loving and caring towards all our participants and can always be counted on for a smile. SarahCare is fortunate to have Patty as part of the staff


Nurse Assistant  - Tomika Sweeney

Tomika Sweeney has been a Certified Nursing Assistant for 10 years and we are very lucky to have experience and energy at SarahCare. She also assists with Activities and is in charge of making our participants smile and laugh, a job she is great at. As well as keeping the participants on their toes! SarahCare would not be the same without her great energy and professionalism.


Driver Manager - Cesar Diez

Cesar Diez is our Driver manager, he has 15 years experience transporting senior citizens.  He previously worked in other Adult Day Care centers before coming to SarahCare.  All the participants are safe in his hands and they all enjoy the trip from their homes to our center

 


Dining Room Supervisor - Sarah Janet Carrion

Sarah Janet Carrion is our Dining Room supervisor.  She started with us as a volunteer and did such a great job that she was hired on a full time basis. She is in charge of making sure all our participants receive a healthy well balanced meal while at SarahCare (no, the center was not named after her!!) as well as keeping our center clean and running well.Her laughter can be heard throughout the center on a daily basis.