It’s got to be good enough for mum

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - A SLICE OF LIFE -

Back in 1983, Kevin Hick­man was a for­mer po­lice­man turned pri­vate de­tec­tive.

He was asked to in­ves­ti­gate a resthome fire in Christchurch, and Kevin did not like what he saw. “The fire was in an old villa and there were four peo­ple to a room all with shared toi­lets,’’ Kevin re­calls. “To me it was crazy, the stan­dards were so poor. But that’s how resthomes were in those days.’’ Kevin would never dream of putting his mother into a place like that if she needed to go into care. “I thought, what would I want for mum?” “I’d want a sin­gle room, with an at­tached en­suite. Not a shared en­suite, be­cause that cre­ates enor­mous prob­lems.’’ Fur­ther­more, care had to be bet­ter than any­where else. And so, Ry­man’s phi­los­o­phy that care has to be “good enough for mum” was born. John Ry­der was Kevin’s busi­ness part­ner. John was an ac­coun­tant, and to­gether they made a dy­namic pair. Ry­man – a com­bi­na­tion of Ry­der and Hick­man – Health­care was reg­is­tered and they bought their first prop­erty to con­vert into a resthome in 1984. More than 30 years later, Ry­man Health­care has grown to be­come the largest re­tire­ment vil­lage op­er­a­tor in New Zealand, and a trusted op­er­a­tor in Vic­to­ria. The com­pany of­fers a range of re­tire­ment liv­ing op­tions, from in­de­pen­dent liv­ing apart­ments and town­houses through to ser­viced apart­ments, as well as resthome, hos­pi­tal and de­men­tia-level care. Ry­man vil­lages in­clude re­sort­style fa­cil­i­ties such as in­door swim­ming pools, movie the­atres, cafés, bowl­ing greens and hair and beauty sa­lons. Our sys­tems are con­stantly re­fined. This en­sures we are pro­vid­ing the best care for res­i­dents who are looked af­ter by well trained staff who share our val­ues. The size of the vil­lages and the fa­cil­i­ties of­fered may have changed, but Ry­man’s core phi­los­o­phy re­mains the same. Care is at the heart of what we do. And it’s got to be good enough for mum. Or dad!

“I thought, what would I want for mum?”

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