Retirement living and care you can trust

When Ryman was founded more than 30 years ago, our co-founder Kevin Hickman set one simple standard: it’s got to be good enough for Mum – or Dad.

Kevin Hickman, who was in the police at the time, was asked to investigate how a fire started in an old villa. The building was a resthome, and Kevin didn’t like what he saw.

“There were four people to a room with shared toilets down the corridor. The people running the resthome were nice and did a good job in as much as they were expected to. But to me, it was crazy. The standards were so poor. But that’s how resthomes were in those days.”

It started Kevin thinking about what the standard should be. “I thought, what would I want for Mum?”

Today, Ryman’s belief in this standard hasn’t changed. We put our residents first, ensuring they are connected to caring and vibrant communities. Ultimately, that’s what makes the Ryman difference.

Good enough for Mum                    

When Myra started looking at retirement options, Brenda and her family knew it had to be the very best. Myra is a very special Mum, so Brenda needed somewhere she could trust for her to move into.

Brenda says she has noticed a massive change in her Mum Myra since she has been living in Ryman’s Evelyn Page village in Orewa. “She knows everyone, has become really social and tries new things like table tennis. She is in a lovely place, is healthy and enjoying life.”

 We want to delight our residents through experience

Residents love the village environment and they feel connected to their neighbours and friends – whether they love the social life or enjoy a little quiet time. They can pop down to the café or village lounges, have a cup of tea, and catch up with people. It’s all right there.

Residents can join in the many activities on offer. It may be going on a group bus trip, heading off

to visit an exhibition or joining one of the many interest groups. We bring life into the villages so that people who can’t get out and about as much can still experience a lot of life and a lot of fun.

The beauty of village life is that you can take it or leave it. If some days you want to shut your door to have some quiet time, you can.

 We’re dedicated to caring for you now and into your future

Ryman villages have a range of care options to suit your needs. As well as independent living and assisted living in serviced apartments, Ryman villages offer resthome care and, in most villages, hospital and resthome-level specialist dementia care.

This gives you the peace of mind of knowing that if the need arises for an increased level of care, you can remain living within the village community and in close contact with your spouse or friends in the village.

Ryman Healthcare – where community shapes the heart of your retirement.

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