“I al­ways felt that she de­served the best.”

It’s got to be good enough for Mum.

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Back in 1983, Kevin Hick­man was a for­mer po­lice­man turned pri­vate de­tec­tive. He was asked to in­ves­ti­gate a resthome fire in Christchurch — and he 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 Mum 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.’’

Kevin teamed up with busi­ness part­ner John Ry­der to cre­ate a com­pany ded­i­cated to build­ing beau­ti­ful in­de­pen­dent re­tire­ment homes and apartments, and care cen­tres to pro­vide the best of care when res­i­dents needed it.

That care, in Kevin’s words, had to be ‘’good enough for Mum.’’

Adri­enne Sin­cock knows what it is like to pro­vide this level of care. She’s clin­i­cal man­ager at Diana Isaac Re­tire­ment Vil­lage in Christchurch, where her Mum, Rae Black­more is a res­i­dent.

Adri­enne says it is a great re­lief to know her Mum is in safe, warm and car­ing hands.

“It’s a re­lief that she can just en­joy the lovely en­vi­ron­ment and it makes her happy to be in­volved in ac­tiv­i­ties, lis­ten to the choir and go on trips.”

Adri­enne says it is easy to visit her Mum in the vil­lage and, when she leaves, she has peace of mind know­ing that some­one is al­ways around for her.

“Mum has formed friend­ships with other res­i­dents, her meals are pro­vided and there is no gar­den to worry about.”

Ry­man’s vil­lages in­clude a range of re­tire­ment liv­ing op­tions, from in­de­pen­dent liv­ing apartments and town­houses through to as­sisted liv­ing in ser­viced apartments, as well as resthome, hospi­tal and de­men­tia level care.

Sharon Richard­son and her fam­ily chose Ry­man’s Evelyn Page Re­tire­ment Vil­lage in Orewa for her mum Gla­dys be­cause the vil­lage en­vi­ron­ment felt like one big fam­ily.

“Mum’s re­ally spe­cial to ev­ery­one, and we wanted to find some­where spe­cial for her to live. She is well looked af­ter and cared for, she couldn’t be hap­pier,” Sharon says.

“She knows ev­ery­one, has be­come re­ally so­cial and tries new things like ta­ble ten­nis. She is in a lovely place, is healthy, fit and en­joy­ing life.”

Brenda Hunter says she has no­ticed a mas­sive change in her Mum Myra since she has been liv­ing in Ry­man’s Evelyn Page vil­lage.

“She knows ev­ery­one, has be­come re­ally so­cial and tries new things like ta­ble ten­nis. She is in a lovely place, is healthy, fit and en­joy­ing life.”

Ry­man vil­lages in­clude re­sort-style fa­cil­i­ties such as in­door swim­ming pools, movie the­atres, cafés, bowl­ing greens and hair and beauty sa­lons.

How­ever, it is the warmth of the vil­lage com­mu­ni­ties and the friend­ships and car­ing be­tween res­i­dents and staff alike that makes the real dif­fer­ence.

You can ex­pe­ri­ence this first-hand when you see res­i­dents sit­ting down to­gether to en­joy their De­li­cious home-cooked mid­day meals, or laugh­ing to­gether dur­ing one of Ry­man’s com­pli­men­tary Triple A ex­er­cise classes.

Since Kevin and John es­tab­lished Ry­man Health­care more than 30 years ago, the com­pany has grown to be­come the largest re­tire­ment vil­lage op­er­a­tor in New Zealand and a trusted op­er­a­tor in Vic­to­ria, Aus­tralia.

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 Ry­man do. And it’s got to be good enough for Mum, or Dad! Read more about Ry­man Health­care’s story and its Good enough for Mum phi­los­o­phy here: www.ry­man­health­care.co.nz #good­e­nough­for­mum

Brenda with her mum Myra

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