Established in 2005, Japara was the dream of former CEO, Andrew Sudholz, after his mother, Vera, developed dementia and could no longer live independently. Despite a long career in the healthcare sector, it was Andrew’s first exposure to residential aged care and, though humbled by the dedication of the care home’s staff, he could see major shortcomings in its accommodation, services and amenities.
Determined to raise the standard of aged care in Australia, Andrew developed the blueprint for a higher quality, more individualised, and better integrated approach – one he could recommend with pride to anyone needing residential aged care for a member of their own family.
Operating initially under the joint names of Japara Healthcare and Aged Care Services Australia Group (ACSAG), that blueprint was first realised with the opening of Japara Central Park in Windsor, Victoria.
Now a publicly listed company, today Japara is one of the largest and most respected providers of residential aged care and retirement living in Australia, with more than 4,000 people in our care, and more than 5,000 staff dedicated to their wellbeing.