President and Founder of Future Focus, Inc., 1996, Joan Marie Granato started out as a family member when she was 12 years old in a Nursing Home visiting her Grandmother, Archangela Benedetto. She began to interact with other residents through activities, playing the piano, dancing, singing, checkers and even giving what you would call a 12 year olds manicure.
After many years of volunteering as a candy striper, she went to college and took up Therapeutic Recreation Administration and began her career as a Director right out of college. After having her first son Conner, she began her own Consulting Company which provided her with the opportunity to explore various services. After her second son Ryan, she began to open Adult Medical Day Care Centers.
At this point in her career, she is the proud owner of three Adult Medical Day Care Centers in New Jersey. She dedicated the first one Serenity Gardens “Jung Won” a New Jersey Adult Medial Day Care facility to her father Eugene Benedetto for his honor as a Marine in the Korean War. Jung Won is the only all Korean Facility in New Jersey, although everyone is welcome, the Korean Community has valued this program because of her father. She has received many Korean Senior Service Awards throughout the years.
Her second facility Town Square AMDC is in dedication of her Mother Barbara Benedetto, who has been appointed Women of the Year in Bayonne because she saved two Spanish children’s lives.
Our Third, Life, New Jersey Adult Medical Day Care is dedicated to her children. Her focus is their future and they have grown to share the love and admiration for the senior population.
Over the course of her career, she has opened, operated or consulted for approximately 30 adult medical day care centers. They range in size from 50 slots (number of clients who can be served per shift.) to 270 slots (in a combination of two facilities under common ownership). These facilities serviced daily between 50 and 540 clients. Her involvement as the senior administrator in charge of daily operations includes facility design, market analysis, budgeting, audit, hiring, training, marketing, selection of equipment, and organizing food services, transportation and therapeutic and social program design and implementation. She has reorganized the programs of numerous troubled adult medical day care centers in a variety of ways that include renovation of the facility, reworking operations, repositioning marketing, conducting new hiring and training, as well as acting as interim senior administrator until a replacement is found. She serves on the boards of a variety of healthcare industry groups. She has been President of the New Jersey Adult Day Service Association, and held Executive Board positions of the council since 2002. President of Regional Activity Professional Association, Executive Board member of New Jersey Activity Professional Association and various other organizations. She is well regarded from her peers and advisors. She will continue to be a voice for the senior and disable population, always focusing on their future and how to provide quality care and services to them.