We have all heard the expression “if you don’t move it, you lose it”. Maintaining physical activity is key to enjoying life in our later years. With this in mind, TLC Healthcare has launched its TLC Wellbeing physical health program designed to keep their residents moving on a regular basis and tracking their physical activity.
For several years, TLC has been incorporating a range of state-of-the-art gyms and hydrotherapy pools into its residential aged care homes. Their new physical health program will utilise those facilities, and their existing fitness classes, to build tailored physical activity programs for its residents. The goal of the program is to document the activity that the residents are undertaking to show evidence of how that activity is improving their overall strength, agility and balance.
TLC has appointed Stuart McKenzie as their new Technical Program Manager to oversee the transition of their residents into the physical health program. Stuart is a professional coach, experienced in working with athletes and cyclists at an elite level. CEO of TLC Healthcare, Lou Pascuzzi, engaged Mr McKenzie to lead the new, innovative program.
“At TLC we are constantly looking for new ways to improve the wellbeing of our residents. Our inhouse allied health professionals and physiotherapists, in conjunction with our TLC Wellbeing team, have achieved significant success in engaging our residents to be as active as possible. From his 20 years as a professional sporting coach, Stuart McKenzie brings to TLC a wealth of knowledge conducive to developing individualised physical activity programs, and tracking performance.
“Working in aged care will be something very new to Mr McKenzie, but the principles of program development are the same whether you are an elite athlete or an elderly resident. Mr McKenzie is very excited about this new challenge, and is passionate about helping our seniors experience a ‘new era of wellbeing’ promoting evidence-based, quality of life outcomes.”
TLC Healthcare owns and operates 11 residential aged care homes across Melbourne and Geelong. They have been industry leaders in integrated healthcare, incorporating medical centres into their aged care homes, and recently launching their new child care service.
“This initiative is just another positive step in TLC’s aged care innovative journey” said CEO Lou Pascuzzi.
Pictured: Stuart McKenzie, TLC Wellbeing - Technical Program Manager