Alec’s Recovery at Homestyle Aged Care

Concentric Rehabilitation offers a variety of services to the residents of Homestyle Aged Care. Concentric provides private rehabilitation services across all Homestyle sites, with a Wellness Centre soon to be opening at Sea Views Manor at Ocean Grove, Geelong. 

The Wellness Package by Concentric provides goal centred, personalised multi-discipline therapy to the residents, in group and individual sessions with regular reassessments, and ongoing goal setting.

Concentric have helped the residents achieve some fantastic goals – such as the case study of Alec Nichol from one of our physiotherapists at Rowville Manor:

Alec had suffered from a stroke and moved to Rowville Manor in January 2022. His primary impairments following his stroke were left sided lower limb strength and reduced coordination.

On Alec’s discharge summary from the hospital, it stated that Alec had only been able to walk with the assistance of two people and a walking frame for 10 metres. It was deemed unsafe for Alec to progress further and essentially indicated he would not be able to walk independently again.

From the first day Physiotherapist Jessica Ireson met Alec, he inspired her with his drive to recover and his determination in what was such a challenging time for him.

Eleven months after Alec moved to Rowville Manor, he had made some phenomenal progress in a relatively short space of time in the scheme of a stroke rehab. Jessica believes that Alec’s progress can be largely attributed to:

  • Alec being an amazingman who has been extremely focused and dedicated to his rehab

  • The availability of the Wellness Package, allowing appropriate neurological physiotherapy intervention to be undertaken and consistent intensity of practice

Alec has spent at least 2 hours a day in the facility-based gym, Monday to Friday, as well as a home exercise program.

Alec has gone from struggling to stand from a chair using both his arms with assistance from a physio, to being able to walk without physical assistance or a walking frame for short distances.


If Alec had moved to a different Aged Care Facility without the availability of specialised on-site allied health intervention he would likely have never walked again, significantly reducing his independence and quality of life. – Jessica Ireson, physiotherapist at Concentric Rehabilitation, Rowville Manor


If you or your loved one are looking for care in Ocean Grove, Leopold or Grovedale, our admissions team can discuss your individual situation and advise on the many options available.

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A special thanks to our contributors

Caroline Egan

DCM Media, agedcare101

Caroline has a wealth of experience writing within the retirement and aged care sector and is a contributing journalist for the and agedcare101 blog and accompanying newsletters.

Ian Horswill


Ian is a journalist, writer and sub-editor for the aged care sector, working at The DCM Group. He writes for The Weekly Source, agedcare101, and the DCM Institute fortnightly newsletter Friday. Ian is in daily contact with CEOs of retirement living, land lease and the aged care operations and makes a new contact every week. He investigates media releases, LinkedIn and Facebook for a good source for ideas for stories.

Lauren Broomham

Retirement and Aged Care Journalist

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

Jill Donaldson


Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.