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Ryman Healthcare COVID Waikato update - 1 November

Written by Ryman Healthcare
on November 01, 2021

Dear residents and family members,

The Government has announced that the Waikato region will move to a further step down of restrictions from 11.59pm tomorrow, Tuesday 2 November.

This means larger gatherings can now take place more retail outlets will open up. Please see below for more details about how this applies to our villages.

We will still be making the usual grocery deliveries, Happy Hour in a Bag and we have got more fantastic speakers lined up to keep you entertained. This week we’ve got sign language and yoga on the agenda, plus an exciting new baking competition.

Just a note before we move onto the updates, we encourage you to get in touch if you need any help, no matter how big or small the issue.

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

Alert Level 3, Phase 2: The key points

Care centre and Serviced Apartment residents

Our village care centres and serviced apartments remain closed to visitors. The only exceptions are visits on compassionate grounds, 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.

Independent Apartment and Townhouse residents

As part of the new freedoms, residents will be able to meet in groups of 25 in an outdoor setting.

There will be more opportunities to visit retail outlets and community facilities such as libraries - mask wearing and social distancing should still be adhered to.

Over the next day or so, we will be removing security from the village gates. Relatives are still welcome to drop any essential supplies to our reception area – 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 this week

We have another great line-up of virtual events for you this week.


Have you always wanted to learn sign language? Now’s your opportunity!

Join us online with Deaf Aotearoa as they teach the basics of New Zealand sign language vocabulary and some common phrases.

It’s the perfect opportunity to learn how to communicate with the deaf community in a fun and relaxed environment.


Tune in for a customised approach to yoga which allows each individual to connect to their body, mind and spirit through conscious movement and mindfulness. Lisa Tregenza embraces those new to yoga with Hatha inspired movement with a focus on alignment while providing extension for those with a little more experience.

The Great Ryman Christmas Bake Off

The Ryman Resident Experience team has joined with celebrity chef Allyson Gofton to bring you the Great Ryman Christmas Bake Off. The challenge is to create a sweet or savoury Christmas themed baking masterpiece. There is no limit to how many entries to submit so this is your opportunity to go all out with your creativity and presentation.

Virtual book club

Calling all avid readers! We’re gauging interest in a virtual book club to connect residents across our villages who have a passion for reading. Please see flyer for more details.

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 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

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

Please feel free to ask our village team to clarify anything that is not clear.

Thanks for all your cooperation and support for our teams.


Cheyne Chalmers
Chief Operations Officer


COVID-19 symptoms

Symptoms to watch out for include:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature (at least 37.5˚C)
  • shortness of breath
  • a sore throat
  • sneezing and runny nose
  • temporary loss of smell and taste
  • conjunctivitis
  • muscle aches
  • headaches

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.

Media advisory: For further information, photos, interviews or comment please contact Corporate Affairs Manager David King on 03 366 4069 or 021 499 602 or Communications Advisor Maryvonne Gray on 027 552 0767.

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