Whilst living in a retirement village is a perfect fit for some people, personal circumstances largely vary, and can continue to change as life evolves.
If continuing to live at home is the best option for you or your loved one, you may find that some balance is needed from time to time. This could be to facilitate a break for carers or to provide social interaction and stimulation for the individual. Or, you may even need extra care following a hospital stay or surgery.
Whatever the circumstance, respite care provides care for as long as you need, whether it’s for a single night or for a few weeks. The homely environment and feeling part of the community at our care centres, offers a welcome change for those who are normally living at home – often alleviating feelings of loneliness and boredom.
Our quality day care programme can accommodate those who would like to join us during the day, to enjoy meals and activities with other residents. Our priority is to listen to your individual needs and to customise our services to create a happy outcome for everyone.
In 2017, we launched our Ryman Delicious menus. Our aim was to shake up our approach to food and how it is delivered. To achieve this, we literally went back to the drawing board to survey what our residents’ preferences were.
In listening to our residents, we could capture the essence of what is really important to them. Cravings for old favourites are satisfied by providing the comfort of the classics, but we keep it ‘fresh’ with innovative choices. Think roast chicken alongside slow-cooked pork and coconut curry.
Fresh is the name of the game – meals prepared on-site using fresh seasonal produce. The aim of Ryman Delicious is to create meals with an abundance of flavour and presentation that is a feast for the eyes. Not to mention we offer a choice of three meals at lunchtime, which includes a vegetarian option.
For many of our residents, coming together for a meal is a highlight. At Ryman, we aim to provide an experience to remember and an opportunity to connect.
Check out the deliciousness for yourself in our extensive Delicious menus.
We have designed our villages with a little bit of luxury in mind, so it’s not uncommon for residents to tell us they feel like they’re on a cruise ship – and quite rightly so.
Resort-style facilities include a hair and beauty salon, movie theatre, shop and a reflection room where we have regular church services. Residents enjoy relaxing in tranquil open plan lounges and indulging in Ryman Delicious meals in the dining areas.
Our villages also have beautifully landscaped gardens.
It’s about finally having the time, and now the facilities, to enjoy the things that you love.
For aged care residents, stimulation and social interaction are essential. Therefore, we have created activities that inspire movement such as active games like quoits and indoor bowls. The aim is to create a sense of purpose and to showcase talents. What is most important however, is having fun and getting involved.
The key is to provide something for everyone. You will find choices like puzzles for intellectual stimulation, arts and crafts for creativity and outings on the village bus to provide social engagement.
Even simply taking advantage of what the village has to offer is engaging – strolls in the beautifully landscaped gardens or entertaining friends and family in the village lounge and private courtyards.
The complimentary Ryman Triple A exercise programme was introduced to encourage residents to feel better, improve their strength and mobility, and reduce the risk of falls. Simply because aged care residents may not demonstrate the same active prowess that they once did, does not mean exercise and movement are no longer a necessity. In fact, you could argue it is even more important.
Triple A founder Nicki Brown developed the programme around the belief, “you are never too old to exercise – you’ve just got to choose the right way to do it.” Therefore, the level of participation is up to the individual, you can be as involved as you want to be.
The social aspect is also a large advantage, where residents come together with a sense of purpose and more often than not, having a good laugh and getting to know each other better in the process.