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Easing the transition to assisted living

Growing up is exciting. Starting a family is incredible. Having grandchildren is a blessing. But getting older when you need help can be difficult.

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It can be especially hard when a family member needs to move to assisted living or a care facility. It’s a difficult conversation to have and a complicated move to make.

Fortunately, there are a range of living and care options now available to suit the needs of your loved one, including standalone townhouses, apartments, serviced apartments, resthome, hospital and specialist dementia care.

When it comes to choosing the right living option for your loved one, there are many things to consider. What’s the environment like? Is it close enough for other family members to visit? What meals are on offer? What’s the care like? Is there a great schedule of activities to keep your parent or grandparent entertained?

Ryman Healthcare is on a quest to help New Zealand retirees achieve both good health and happiness, by creating new generation retirement communities that bring together the very latest thinking, facilities and best people, in terms of: design, healthcare, wellness, hospitality, and technology.

“As well as a whole new social network, Ryman Healthcare retirement villages provide the perfect environment for our residents to try new opportunities and take on new challenges, whether they be sporting, creative or social activities,” says Ryman Healthcare Chief Operations Officer Barbara Reynen-Rose. “The beauty of it is, age is no barrier.”

Where community shapes the heart of your retirement

There are many facets that make the Ryman model work – their fair and transparent terms, range of care options and resident-focused innovations. Most of all, they drive to put residents first. It’s a simple formula, and it’s been a winning one for 35 years. 

“Having something to look forward to and doing things you enjoy, that’s what life is all about. It’s those moments of shared joy and laughter that make the difference,” says Barbara.

The in-house exercise programme – Triple A (Ageless, Active and Aware) – delicious menus and the myRyman electronic care app, are perfect examples of how Ryman is looking to constantly improve the resident experience. 

Barbara says residents often tell her they’ve become more active since moving in. “I love it when people say to me ‘I wish I’d done this sooner’ because what that actually means is it’s opened up a new world for them. It really does change people’s experience of living.”

At the heart of Ryman villages are vibrant communities. Much like the neighbourhoods that residents grew up in, where neighbours had time to chat, cared for each other, and waved a friendly hello. 

“Being in one of our village communities, you’ve got the natural opportunity to strike up conversations, so you’ve got an immediate chance to be social. As those relationships develop, both with fellow residents and village staff, residents know they have support to fall back on should they need it,” says Barbara.


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