Living in a Ryman serviced apartment has led resident Jane Russell to experience levels of comfort in life that she never anticipated. “It’s like living in a really nice hotel,” she says.
“I get clean towels every morning which is a luxury I’ve never had. I get a cooked meal every day and the apartment is cleaned once a week and the bed linen is changed. I’m grateful for these difficult jobs being done because it’s harder for me to bend these days.”
Jane originally moved into an independent apartment at Ryman’s Edmund Hillary Retirement Village but when her health situation changed, she knew she had to review her living situation as well. “I lost the sight in my left eye and I wasn’t comfortable driving.” Not wanting to depend entirely on her daughter, she says: “I just had to make a decision for myself and I could see my life getting worse if I didn’t. My life had changed but I appreciated being able to change within the village.”
Jane swapped her independent apartment for a bright and sunny serviced apartment with a great view of the village’s gorgeous landscaping and beautiful water fountain, with the added benefit of being closer to all the action. The resort-style facilities include a 30-degree salted indoor swimming pool, spa, gym, library, beauty and hairdressing salon, reflection room, village shop and bar all under the same roof. The accessibility to these facilities is something Jane really enjoys.
Jane says she was pleased to find the costs associated with living at the village really balanced out. “You don’t have to pay for your water or electricity, so those are big items off your weekly or monthly living expenses. And there’s always the fact that if you have a blocked drain or something, they will immediately come and clear it for you. You just get that extra little bit of service and they do their very best to look after your comfort which is good.”
Jane and her family marvel at how her social calendar has flourished. As well as regular trips in the village van to the shops for grocery essentials, the village has a constantly updated calendar of events and activities to keep residents entertained.
“I’ve got to know a lot more people and I can do all of the things I want to do. I play bowls outdoors and indoors, which is just a short walk away, and I play card games and scrabble and all sorts. I can do all that here with friends from all over the village.”
Ryman Healthcare is currently building a new village on Campbell Road to provide the same service for retirees living in the surrounding suburbs of Greenlane, One Tree Hill, Royal Oak, Onehunga and Ellerslie. Sales advisors Anna Irvine and Lucy Caldwell say prospective residents typically comment on how much the villages resemble a five-star resort, or even a cruiseliner. However, it’s the peace of mind and lifestyle options available that are often the deciding factors, they say. “If you’ve never lived on your own before that can be quite daunting or isolating,” says Lucy. “So moving into the village you not only have that feeling of security but all your needs are catered for.”
Both mention that because it is still your own home, you are encouraged decorate with all your own furniture, you can invite your friends over, and you can treat the village centre as your extended living area.
For more information about the new Ryman Greenlane Retirement Village contact Anna or Lucy on 636 3883, or simply call into the sales office at 754 Manukau Road, Royal Oak. It’s open seven days a week and the kettle is always on!