Royal Wedding!

We recently celebrated the royal wedding in the village with a delicious high tea!

We enjoyed tea, sparkling grape juice, sandwiches and petit fours.

The china was beautiful and residents bought photos of their own weddings. There was a lot of reminiscing about special memories.

A great day was had by all!


The Dog Squad!

Weary Dunlop residents had the privilege of having Joseph come and share his story about assistant dogs that have been trained by The Dog Squad.

Joseph used to be an Australian Defence Force member who has been dealing with post-traumatic stress. He shared with us his recovery and how thanks to his support dog Diji, he now has coping techniques.

Residents loved the talk and showed a lot of support for this wonderful programme.


Easter celebrations!

We recently celebrated Easter at the village. Two of our wonderful residents, Peter Smith and Bill Toogood painted wooden rabbits for residents to decorate.

These rabbits looked amazing and were the centrepieces on our dining tables.

We had a lot of fun creating these!


St Patrick's Day celebrations

We recently celebrated St Patrick’s Day at the village.

The village was “painted” green thanks to our wonderful lifestyle team.

We enjoyed Baileys, biscuits and green cupcakes.

Everyone dressed up in either hats or beards.

A great day had by all!

Christmas carol performance

Christmas carol performance

We recently had a wonderful Christmas carol performance by the Open Door Singers.

It was a joy listening to our residents and their relatives as they sang along to the carols.

A great day was had by everyone!

We are already looking forward to this event next year.

Ryman Delicious Long Lunch

Ryman Delicious Long Lunch

More than 75 residents at Weary Dunlop Retirement Village sat down to a Long Lunch as part of a new company-wide menu launch, dubbed Ryman Delicious.

The special 3-course lunch signified Ryman Healthcare’s all-new approach to food coming to Melbourne, having already been rolled out in the company’s villages throughout New Zealand.

The aim is to give the residents appealing menus packed with new choices plus plenty of the old favourites.

The lunch menu entrees included Mediterranean basil bocconcini wrapped with prosciutto and balsamic glaze, baked pumpkin gnocchi with blue cheese and pulled beef with Yorkshire pudding and caramelised onion.

The mains options included ‘Jambalaya’ saffron infused seafood broth with chorizo, capsicum and Arborio rice, slow cooked Italian meatballs in a red wine and tomato sauce, Yarra farm roast pork cooked with apple and anise sauce, braised veal schnitzels with capers sauce and oven roasted local farm eggplant parmigiana layered with ripe tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.

For dessert, residents could choose from mini pavlova with fresh berries and passionfruit syrup, mango and blood orange tart with double cream, lemon cheesecake and vanilla infused panna cotta with strawberry compote.

There was also a selection of wines to complement the food.

Ryman Healthcare Regional Operations Manager Eileen Kielty sat down to lunch with the Weary Dunlop residents.

Eileen said the Delicious initiative was all about improving the food experience for all residents.

Widower comforted by Wedgwood

Widower comforted by Wedgwood

Ian Shadforth is very proud of the beautiful Wedgwood pottery collection he owns with enough to fill two sizeable display cabinets in his two bedroom apartment.

Ian can produce extensive lists documenting individual serial numbers, the amount produced in each limited edition run and he even has all the original boxes of packaging each piece came in.

The collection of nearly 200 pieces was actually the great passion of his late wife Gwenda who passed away in 2015, just two months before they were both due to move into their brand new apartment.

“She did get to choose the colour of the carpet and the material for the drapes before she died so that gives me some comfort,” says Ian, who still gets very emotional when he talks about her.

He also knows that she was extremely impressed with the village, having seen a few different ones during her 20 years of volunteering in aged care in Camberwell.

“After just half an hour sitting in reception while I showed my daughter around she knew she wanted us to be here. She says the staff, residents and visitors she saw coming and going all looked like they wanted to be there and that meant a lot.

“So much so she made her decision there and then, much to the amazement of myself and my daughter as she never made snap decisions when it came to large amounts of money!”

There is now a special corner of the apartment that Ian has dedicated to the favourite Wedgwood pieces which he has put on display next to one of Gwenda’s beautiful floral arrangements.

There are also two brass candlesticks made by Gwenda’s grandfather, one Alexander McDougall, an iron ship fitter who emigrated to Australia from Greenock in Scotland in 1922 and a portrait of the couple’s four daughters.

Ian says the value to him is something that can’t be quantified in dollar terms.

“It brings me a great deal of pleasure, especially as I know how much pleasure it brought for her,” he says.

Mt Eliza Fun Run

Mt Eliza Fun Run

Ryman Healthcare in partnership with the Mount Eliza community raised funds and awareness for Myeloma at the My Mount Eliza Fun Run.

It was terrific to see so many residents and staff get together and assist on the day. Some residents and staff ran, while others assisted at water stations or helped to warm up the runners before they started.

Ryman has bought the Moodah Estate at Mt Eliza where it intends to build a new village.

Mother's Day

Mother's Day

On Mother’s Day, our residents celebrated with a special high tea organised by our fantastic lifestyle team.

We also held lunches where residents had the opportunity to bring their families and loved ones together for the occasion. It was lovely seeing residents and their families enjoying some quality time together.