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New wellness centre for Queen Victoria Care

QUEEN Victoria Care’s new Wellness Centre has officially thrown open its doors, featuring a newly refurbished gymnasium and pool.

The centre is set in a purpose-built facility at Queen Victoria Care, located in Lindisfarne, which boasts a range of new equipment including leg press, leg extension/curl, adduction/abduction, optimal rhomb and adjustable pulley.

Chief executive officer Moira Laverty said the gym would encourage people of all levels of ability to stay active.

“The HUR rehabilitation equipment has been specially designed for effective rehabilitation,” she said.

“The devices use air-pressure technology, providing a safe resistance curve for joints and allowing stepless adjustment of resistance.”

Ms Laverty said it was expected that the QVCare Wellness Centre would cater for external community exercise classes in the future.

QVCare’s facility manager Leanne Nugent said the Wellness Centre would assist residents to embrace QVCare’s “healthy ageing” approach.

“Research has shown that people who are active and socially connected are happier and have a better sense of wellbeing and overall health, regardless of age or health status,” she said.

“The centre will make it as easy as possible for people to choose to be active and remain connected every day.”

QVCare Board chairman Nicolas Turner said the new gym equipment would be a welcome addition to the facility.

“The inclusion of The Wellness Centre closely aligns with QVCare’s strategic plan, vision and mission,” he said.

At 126-years-old, Queen Victoria Care is Tasmania’s oldest aged care facility.

The facility has 140 residents and 60 independent living residents and is located close to bushland, the beautiful Derwent River, Lindisfarne Village shops and cafes.

Caption: Queen Victoria Care chief executive officer Moira Laverty, left, and executive assistant Michelle O’Toole.