Lark Ellen (02) 9521 2855 __ Gymea Bay (02) 9524 4954

Our Story

“Your Family is our Family…now meet our family...”


Les Gerendas and Team 1996

Les Gerendas, the Approved Provider, had a much-loved Uncle who owned and ran a Nursing Home for many years. In 1996, Les followed in his Uncle’s footsteps and bought Lark Ellen, which already had a solid reputation for caring for the elderly since 1966. Many of the staff that worked there when Les joined the industry are still proudly part of our team today.

Les’ wife Miriam soon got on board, enthusiastically assisting in many capacities, adding that real womanly touch. When Miriam’s mum, Elizabeth was later diagnosed with Dementia and could no longer be supported at home, she too joined the Lark Ellen family as a Resident and was cared for by a wonderful team of nurses for many years.

In 2006, another boutique Aged Care Facility was acquired in the leafy residential suburb of Gymea Bay and to Les’ joy, his daughter Lana joined the team. Lana showed a keen interest in Healthcare by her choice of studying Physiotherapy, a perfect fit for running the Physiotherapy Program at both locations, as well handling Administration.


Lana & Robert Goldshaft 2016

With the assistance of Les’ Architect son Steven, Gymea Bay Aged Care was fully re-developed to improve the amenity for residents, visitors and staff, in particular to maximise the facility’s already magnificent water views.

When Lana’s husband Robert also joined the Team, taking on a Managerial position, it was obvious Les needed to hand over the reigns. It was clear that the younger members of the family also shared the same passion for ensuring that the Facilities retained their excellent reputation in the community.

As General Managers, Rob and Lana ran the home together for many years until Lana took on a more part-time roll when their beautiful children Ayla and then Leon arrived. For now, the kids come in to put a smile on people’s faces, but who knows down the track whether they will be passed the baton…

All members of the family are pleased to work with such wonderfully warm and dedicated staff.
Thanks to the Director of Nursing and Deputy Directors of Nursing, we have over the years
developed a solid team of experienced staff, community and family spirit and maintained our
excellent reputation for providing the highest quality of care.

From one family to another, we welcome you.