Almost 70,000 Kiwis are currently living with dementia, which means that many of us will be touched by dementia either directly or indirectly at some point in our lives. Its prevalence is one of the many reasons why Ryman has researched and developed our bespoke model of dementia care, myRyman Life.
Ryman villages recognise that it takes a community to support people living with dementia, and that’s exactly what we’ve created – supportive and caring communities that work to improve the experiences of residents living with dementia.
Our award-winning myRyman Life dementia model aims to challenge perspectives on dementia. We create inclusive communities where residents can thrive, families can feel reassured, and staff receive cutting-edge training. It’s about supporting residents to continue doing the things that bring them joy so they can live fulfilled lives.
Our dementia care teams receive specialist training to assist them in caring for residents living with dementia in a positive and therapeutic manner. Where possible, a primary caregiver is dedicated to each resident, helping to build trust, reduce stress, and to provide a familiar rhythm to their daily routine
Dementia care rooms are spacious and include a private ensuite* and television, with plenty of space for family and friends to visit. You can choose from a selection of room layouts with views that overlook beautifully landscaped gardens or courtyards.
*Some rooms at Rowena Jackson and Princess Alexandra Villages may vary.
We provide a calming and safe environment where residents can enjoy living fulfilled lives. The dementia care areas in each of our villages have an easy-to-navigate environment, including tranquil outdoor areas designed to reflect your own garden at home while being safe and secure. Cues and signage support memory and help residents with orientation.
Katrina North, daughter of Jackie - Ryman resident living with dementia
Pooja Karan, Ryman Unit Coordinator – dementia care
Only one-third of people living with dementia at Ryman villages reside in our dementia care areas. The other two-thirds live well in independent living, assisted living, resthome or hospital care, without the need for specialist dementia care.
Coming to terms with a dementia diagnosis isn't easy, therefore if you'd like to speak to your local Ryman village manager or dementia care team, fill out the form below and we will be in touch.