Residents from Ryman Healthcare’s Nellie Melba Retirement Village have been treated to an operatic experience like no other during Australia’s first virtual reality (VR) opera trial.
With doors to theatres across Melbourne closed, and a cloud of uncertainty caused by COVID-19 still hanging over much of the industry, eight village residents, including Australian opera icon Nance Grant, and residents living with dementia, attended the exclusive trial.
Ryman Healthcare Operations Quality Manager Joanne Wang said the VR opera pilot developed by...
Ryman was founded in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies. The company owns 39 retirement villages in New Zealand and Australia, which are home to more than 12,000 residents and the company employs 6,100 staff.
Ryman opened its first Australian village, Weary Dunlop, in Wheelers Hill in 2014, and its second, Nellie Melba, also in Wheelers Hill, in 2018.
Nellie Melba is home to more than 400 people and employs 200 staff. It offers independent retirement living in apartments, as well as aged care, including specialist dementia care.