ACTIVE AGEING: New, purpose-built wellness facility to open in Coffs.
ACTIVE AGEING: New, purpose-built wellness facility to open in Coffs.

Coffs Harbour to get senior-specific wellness centre

COFFS Harbour is inline for one of Integrated Livings' brand new Wellness Centres just like the one opened in Ballina in the past month according to the company's CEO Catherine Daley said.

The centre is the brainchild of Integrated Living a not-for-profit organisation, aimed at providing vital services for older people and their carers across rural, regional and remote areas of Australia. 

"We have five operational centres and Ballina is the sixth," she said.

"We are definitely looking at Coffs Harbour. It is not in the next seven but it is certainly on this  list.

"We already have some services there."

The organisation's current Coffs services include meals (pre-prepared meals delivered to customers), Nursing (including in-home telehealth monitoring), disability services, carer support and Wellness for Independence Programs including Memory Wellness.

While there are already five Wellness Centres in rural and regional Australia - Ballina is the first purely purpose-built facility.

Ms Daley said up until now the centres had been put into their existing facility but more purpose built centres were in the works.

Integrated Living has come a long way after first forming in the Muswellbrook area in 1999,  it now operates services from the Nothern Territory and Northern Queensland right through to Launceston in Tasmania.

"The only places we don't operate are metropolitan Melbourne, Brisbane and Queensland," she said, adding that the Integrated Living aimed helping people outside the major cities.

She said Integrated Living was now Asia Pacific's number one specialist health service provider and the new Ballina Centre showcased just what the group could offer.

Research shows that in regional, rural and remote communities, 75 per cent of people aren't getting enough exercise and more than 50 per cent of people have one or more chronic illnesses.

Ms Daley said the focus at Integrated Living was to provide equitable access to health and wellbeing services to older Australians in these areas and creating the Integrated Living Wellness Centre in Ballina  would help to achieve that.

The Wellness Centre at Ballina features a state-of-the-art Wellness Gym and a range of services to help older people live an active and independent life.

The services include; exercise and yoga classes, massage therapy, occupational therapy services, allied health treatments, assistive product displays and the Staying Healthy Eating Well meals service.

They have Australia's first set of Moto-Tiles, where users can tap their toes on the flashing tiles to test and improve their coordination and balance.

The gym features specialist HUR equipment from Finland which is designed to help older people stay active while also supporting people who require exercise as part of rehabilitation.

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