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Ryman Healthcare COVID Northland update - 22 October

Written by Ryman Healthcare
on October 22, 2021

Dear residents and family members,

We have been notified by the CEO of the Northland DHB that there are at least two positive COVID-19 cases in Northland this afternoon.

For this reason, we have made the decision to move Jane Mander back into Level 3 today and there will be no visits to the village over the weekend.

We know this will be extremely disappointing news, especially given the return to Level 2 has only been for a few short days, but we see no alternative to taking this cautious approach.

We will inform you of any further changes as more information comes to light.

The Prime Minister has also today announced a range of changes to the COVID-19 alert system which will come into force once each District Health Board reaches double vaccination targets of 90%.

There is no set date for the new traffic light system to be implemented, which moves us from an elimination strategy to a protection strategy – in other words – living with COVID.

We are digesting exactly what the changes will mean for us.

What is clear is that our goals remain the same – keeping everyone safe in our villages and being ready to go if we get any COVID-19 infections.

We are fully prepared, we have full COVID-19 infection control plans in place, and we will continue to take a cautious approach. We know you support this.

The great news for us is that we have extremely high vaccination rates among our residents – above 98% – and vaccinations are now mandatory for all our team.

We also know from our entry declarations than more than 90% of people entering the villages each day are vaccinated, which gives us great comfort that the message about protecting our residents has been spread far and wide. And from December 1 all of our contractors will also need to be vaccinated before they can visit one of our villages.

We have also been lobbying for a booster vaccine programme for our residents to be rolled out, and we will be ready to go when it is.

Next week residents can expect the usual grocery deliveries, Happy Hour in a Bag and we’ve got three special events lined up.

There’s a wellness workshop Tuesday, psychologist Nigel Latta on Wednesday and a fascinating talk on Antarctic exploration on Thursday – full details are included below.

We know this is dragging on and we encourage you to get in touch if you need any help, no matter how big or small the issue.

If you, or someone you know, needs counselling, you are welcome to call our OCP service on 0800 377 990.

Alert Level 3: The key points

Our village care centres remain closed to visitors. The only exceptions are visits by our village residents to their spouses in our care centres and visits to residents in end-of-life or palliative care. If you wish to arrange a visit under these circumstances, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Relatives are still welcome to drop any essential supplies to our village gates – and we will make sure they are delivered. Please label them clearly so our team can get them to their rightful owners.

Our teams are keeping our residents safe and entertained, and Zoom calls are available as an extra option for families to keep in touch.

Social distancing and masks

Just a reminder that, at Alert Level 3, residents are required to maintain social distance from other people not in your bubble. You are encouraged to stay in your bubble.

Residents are also asked to wear a face mask when outside of home and to ensure it is on correctly, covering mouths and noses.

Please use the COVID-19 Tracer App and get tested if anyone has any symptoms.

What’s on next week

Our serviced apartment and independent residents will receive their usual Happy Hour in a Bag deliveries.

We have also arranged for some special entertainment via Zoom. Remember to check out the link https://www.rymanhealthcare.co.nz/coronavirus-updates/zoom-how-to on ‘How to Zoom’ if you need help with access.

We have three exciting events lined up for you this week on Zoom.


We are what we eat! So on Tuesday October 26 at 2pm we will hold a special seminar on Food and Diet – with insights on how the food we eat affects pull the curtain up on a fun, social and creative online drama class with the Third Act. No, lines to learn – no acting experience necessary, just click in and have fun!


Join us on Wednesday October 27 at 10.30am for a morning with clinical psychologist and TV host Nigel Latta.

Nigel will talk us through his career highlights in his usual entertaining manner. You can rely on Nigel to give you something to think about!


On Thursday October 28 at 2pm please join Nigel Watson, executive director of the Antarctic Heritage Trust, for a talk on Antarctic exploration. Nigel is a leading expert on Antarctic history as well as an author and adventurer, and Ryman has been a long-term supporter of the work of the trust.

The Student Volunteer Army Service

The Student Volunteer Army (SVA) has set up a priority grocery delivery service for Ryman residents.

Payment is via credit or debit card using a secure system.

A volunteer will physically shop for you from the nearest New World supermarket and deliver to your village, contact-free.

Ryman residents will receive priority delivery, usually the following day provided they order by 4pm by calling 0800 005 902 or by going online at www.shop.sva.org.nz

Just let them know you are from a Ryman village or select Ryman Healthcare Village Resident or Staff in the online menu and they will deliver for a $3 charge to cover the cost of bags.

Online shopping

We expect that most residents will have essential supplies of medications and food – or have arranged orders for delivery.

If you or your family want to know how to go about ordering supplies online – we have this resource on our webpage that covers all the options.


It includes a simple and useful tutorial on how to order through Countdown. https://rise.articulate.com/share/O67vmAWNH5fRM0rfaVmKl5YvVlHkQ-Sz#/

In addition selected New World supermarkets offer online shopping.


In the meantime, if anyone has an URGENT need for support to arrange essential supplies, please don’t hesitate to contact the village team.

Resources to keep everyone healthy, busy, and safe

If you need counselling, or you are worried about someone who might be struggling, you are welcome to call our OCP service on 0800 377 990. Just let them know you are a Ryman resident or relative and where you are based.

There are a whole lot of resources available for you online, including Triple A classes, guides to making Zoom calls, and plenty of interesting games, reading, and watching material.

The links are below. On some pages you need to scroll down to see all the links. Take your time and look around.

Triple A at home: https://www.rymanhealthcare.co.nz/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/triple-a-home-exercises

How to Zoom: https://www.rymanhealthcare.co.nz/coronavirus-updates/zoom-how-to

Games: https://www.rymanhealthcare.co.nz/lifestyle/technology-and-entertainment/online-activities-and-games

Thanks once again

As usual, we can’t thank you enough for your cooperation and support for our team.

As usual, we will be in touch as soon as we can if anything changes.

Kind regards,


Cheyne Chalmers
Chief Operations Officer


COVID-19 symptoms

Symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • New cough
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever/chills
  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Body aches/sore muscles
  • Runny nose/sneezing
  • Breathlessness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fatigue
  • A high temperature (at least 37.5˚C)

If you have any of these symptoms contact your GP or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

Please make sure you get tested for COVID-19 if your GP recommends it.

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About Ryman Healthcare:

Ryman was founded in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies. The company owns and operates 43 retirement villages in New Zealand and Australia which are home to more than 12,750 residents and the company employs 6,300 staff.

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