Virtual reality technology has been a part of TLC Healthcare’s wellbeing programs, and as a form of entertainment for residents, for several years. TLC is extending this with the integration of virtual reality interactive walls for their physical wellbeing programs. Australia’s first interactive virtual reality wall, specifically designed for residential aged care, has been installed at TLC’s flagship aged care home in the Melbourne suburb of Clifton Hill.
Working with leading virtual reality developers, TLC has adapted SeeWall technology for use by aged care residents with limited mobility. Interactive experiences allow residents to touch and throw objects at the virtual canvas, promoting dexterity and both physical and mental activity.
Projecting a 4.5 meter image from floor to ceiling in stunning high definition creates an immersive experience like no other. The laser based touch system allows pinpoint accuracy for groups of residents to enjoy SeeWall at the same time.
TLC Healthcare’s CEO, Lou Pascuzzi, says that the organisation is always seeking innovative ways for residents to enjoy their home, and improve their overall wellbeing.
“We recently launched our TLC Wellbeing physical health program to review all of the activities that our residents participate in. One of the areas that offered an opportunity for greater physical benefits was our virtual reality technology. Our residents now have the option to experience virtual reality in a comfortable recliner, or to get up and move in synch with the SeeWall technology, improving their mobility, balance and dexterity.”
Stuart McKenzie the Technical Program Manager at TLC is excited to see how he can utilise this new technology to improve the fitness of residents.
“My role at TLC is to look at every aspect of our residents’ health and wellbeing, and how we can use our innovative approach to improve their outcomes. We have had virtual reality technology in our homes for several years, but this new technology provides our residents with tailored physical activities, that are also fun to do.”
TLC Healthcare owns and operates 11 residential aged care homes (1,769 places) across Melbourne and Geelong, with an additional two state-of-the-art homes under construction at Mordialloc and Ivanhoe East (320 places). They have been industry leaders in integrated healthcare, incorporating medical centres into their aged care homes, and recently launching their new child care service.