Specialist dementia care

Pioneering dementia care

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 supports 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. 

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De-stressing the environment

Adapting the living space encourages easy orientation and independence with everyday activities in life. Effective communication supports lower stress levels and meaningful connections.


Demystifying dementia

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.


Making sense of my world

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.


Quality of life

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.


DF Award Alz NZ Dementia Friendly brochure sticker-3All of Ryman Healthcare’s New Zealand villages, from Whangarei to Invercargill, have now gained Dementia Friendly Accreditation as recognised by Alzheimers New Zealand.

As well as challenging perspectives on dementia, Ryman’s approach to dementia care highlights the importance of creating dementia friendly communities. This aligns with Alzheimers New Zealand’s vision of creating a dementia friendly Aotearoa.

Alzheimers NZ recognise that people with dementia are living longer in their communities and are able to do so with increasing independence. Their statistics show that there are currently 70,000 Kiwis living with dementia. This figure is expected to increase to 170,000 by 2050.

With this in mind, Alzheimers NZ focuses on raising awareness of dementia, supporting people with dementia to live well, and advocating for more and better services for all New Zealanders affected by dementia. Its goal is to help build an open and inclusive society - a place where people living with dementia feel valued, where they can contribute to and participate in their communities, and where they feel safe.

Congratulations Ryman!

Alzheimers New Zealand Dementia Friendly Standards

The following seven standards form the criteria of the Alzheimers NZ Dementia Friendly Recognition Programme:

Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends is an Alzheimers NZ initiative to raise awareness, increase understanding, grow inclusion and acceptance of people with dementia and reduce stigma and discrimination. Anyone can become a Dementia Friend - More than 1,400 Ryman staff have completed the initiative and all new staff will complete the questionnaire as part of their induction.

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Ryman currently provides 826 dementia beds across our villages, with an estimated 664 additional beds planned through our villages in the pipeline.

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