Elderly Leyburn residents win own version of Olympics

Residents of a Leyburn extra care scheme have triumphed at the second annual Care Provider Olympics held this summer across North Yorkshire.

Kirkwood Extra Care in Leyburn were the champions in the older adults category, with  Sycamore Hall in Bainbridge finishing as runners-up.

The games were hosted by NHS Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB).

They were held over six weeks in June and July, with 800 people from 32 care providers in the region taking part.

Experts say keeping residents active has been clinically proven to reduce the risk of major illness by 30 per cent.

The Olympic-style events support the drive to combat deconditioning syndrome, which can lead to reduced mobility and muscle strength, confusion, poor mental health, and an increased risk of falls.

By taking part in the event, care providers have the opportunity to come together to share best practice between settings, highlighting the importance of high-quality personalised activity for everyone within a care setting.

The initiative has been shortlisted for the 2023 Nursing Times Awards, recognising the innovation it brings to supporting health and wellbeing in the care sector.

Sarah Fiori, head of quality improvement at NHS Humber and North Yorkshire ICB and Principal Nurse for North Yorkshire Council, said: “The Care Provider Olympics is more than just a sporting event, it is a platform to celebrate the significance of physical activity in enhancing health and wellbeing.

“The dedication and enthusiasm exhibited during this event is a reflection of the collective commitment to improve the lives of individuals in care and promote a healthier, more active community.

“Thank you to all the care providers, participants and partners who made the second Care Provider Olympics a resounding success.”

Highlights from the event have been captured in a video which showcases the inspiring work undertaken by providers to support access to activity for all.

More information about the Care Provider Olympics and the full results are available online.