Ryman villages have been pioneering what it means to live life to the full in retirement for over 35 years. Our approach to dementia care is no different.
Our villages are supportive and caring communities that work to improve the experience of residents living with dementia. We provide a safe environment for residents to enjoy living in, with a focus on experiences, rather than processes.
We have researched and developed our own model of dementia care, myRyman Life. The model aims to challenge perspectives on dementia and support people to live in the moment, and to feel kindness, love, and security. It promotes spontaneity, laughter, and happiness.
The dementia care area in each of our villages has an easy-to-navigate environment, including tranquil outdoor areas that are safe and secure. Cues and signage support memory and help residents with orientation.
Adapting the living space encourages easy orientation and independence with everyday activities in life. Effective communication supports lower stress levels and meaningful connections.
This explores what dementia is and how it affects a person. Addressing stigma, providing prevention strategies, the importance of dementia-friendly communities, and how to separate conditions such as delirium and depression from dementia.
Understanding that a person’s ability to maintain everyday activities reinforces their sense of self, and helps them to feel safe in their environment. Effective care partnerships can support a person to live their own life well.
This helps us to understand that it’s not just about quality of care. It’s about determining what quality of life means to a person. Spontaneity, laughter and fun are central to this.