Vil­lage life AT ITS BEST


New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - CASE STUDY - To find out more about liv­ing in a Ry­man Re­tire­ment Vil­lage, visit www.ry­man­health­ or call 0800 000 290.

Mov­ing to a re­tire­ment vil­lage means a mul­ti­tude of av­enues open up for re­tirees, says Ry­man Health­care Group Sales and Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Man­ager Deb­bie McClure. “In­stead of see­ing it as los­ing their in­de­pen­dence, their lives should be much freer to do the things they en­joy with the peo­ple they en­joy do­ing them with, and do­ing as much or as lit­tle as they wish,” says Deb­bie. “Res­i­dents are free to pot­ter in their gar­dens, of course – it’s more the sense that it’s not some­thing they have to do. In the 27 years I’ve worked for Ry­man, I’ve never met any­one who wasn’t glad to give up mow­ing the lawns,” she laughs. Many res­i­dents find them­selves try­ing their hand at some­thing new. This could be any­thing from Ry­man’s own in-house tai­lored ex­er­cise pro­gramme Triple A, learn­ing the piano, bowls, tin­ker­ing in the work­shops or sim­ply spend­ing time in the li­brary. There is plenty of sup­port for res­i­dents want­ing to “It’s the con­nec­tions that are made, the com­mon in­ter­ests. “It makes me quite emo­tional when I walk around our vil­lages and I see peo­ple who have taken oth­ers un­der their wings,” she says. Res­i­dents also have the peace of mind know­ing that if more as­sis­tance is needed, or­gan­ise their own so­cial event too, even if that’s just watch­ing a movie in the vil­lage the­atre. “We can pro­vide the fa­cil­i­ties but it’s the res­i­dents who make it a com­mu­nity and that’s just so lovely to see.” That strong sense of com­mu­nity is one thing all Ry­man vil­lages have in com­mon, says Deb­bie. it can be pro­vided without another stress­ful move. “It’s in­sur­ance re­ally, for your fu­ture,” says Deb­bie. “It’s com­fort­ing to know that if your cir­cum­stances change, how lovely to be able to stay in the com­mu­nity where ev­ery­one knows you and your fam­ily.” And fam­ily and friends are al­ways wel­come at the vil­lage, be it over­seas rel­a­tives vis­it­ing or grand­chil­dren in­vited to the vil­lage’s an­nual sum­mer chil­dren’s party. The best way to see if vil­lage life is for you is to go and take a look for your­self, tells Deb­bie, who says she often hears res­i­dents say they wish they’d moved in sooner. “Go with your gut and your heart be­cause it’s how you feel when you visit a re­tire­ment vil­lage that’s im­por­tant.”

‘It’s the res­i­dents who make it a com­mu­nity – it’s just lovely to see’

Keep busy, take it easy or both – res­i­dents at Ry­man vil­lages en­joy the options.

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