Brian has been married for more than half a century – 58 years to be precise – and he’s grateful that he and his wife Pauline are able to stay together in the same Ryman village.
It wasn’t long after they moved into their Ryman village that Pauline was diagnosed with Alzheimers. It was a tough revelation for the couple, who had been actively engaged in their retirement and were looking forward to doing so much more together.
Pauline’s symptoms eventually progressed to the point where she needed specialist dementia care. Although the couple knew there was a care centre within their Ryman village, they didn’t expect to need it so soon. Now Brian feels relieved they have a place where one, or both of them, can be looked after in a familiar environment, and still be close to each other.
Pauline is being well cared for in the village’s specialist dementia care area just down the hallway from their apartment. Brian loves that he can simply pop in.
“Our apartment is just a few steps away, on the same floor, so it’s very easy to pop in and see my wife or nip around and get something for her. It’s been very, very good.”
Brian says the support of the nurses has been invaluable, in caring for Pauline and keeping him informed. Entrusting Pauline to their care gives Brian the chance for some respite. While he is able to spend quality time with her, he’s also able to enjoy the sense of community in the village, going down to the village centre where “there’s always someone to talk to, have a laugh and have fun with”.
Brian says that while life has changed for them, ultimately he’s extremely grateful that they’re living in a place that helps them stay together.