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Shocking stats inspire Craven Care Homes to beat social isolation

Shocking stats inspire Craven Care Homes to beat social isolation

Published at 3:57pm 22nd January 2019. (Updated at 4:49pm 22nd January 2019)

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Craven Nursing Home

One Skipton care home is combating social isolation and loneliness in the elderly after it was revealed to be damaging to health.

Often elderly people can suffer from loneliness when living on their own, sometimes going days without social interaction.

But Craven Nursing Home is one of a group of four nursing homes in the local area dedicated to promoting social opportunities for the elderly.

The nursing home are encouraging potential residents and even members of the community to join them for social events after it was revealed social isolation could lead to dementia

Sarah O'Connor, Deputy Manager at Craven Nursing Home, said:

"Age UK published a study in 2015 that claimed social isolation can be as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is more damaging than obesity

"Being lonely and living on your own can lead to increased chance of cognitive decline and a 64% increased chance of developing dementia."

craven nursing home grounds, skipton
The grounds at Craven Nursing Home, found on Keighley Road in Skipton

Craven Care Homes

There are currently 13 care homes within the Craven area, with over 400 elderly residents.

Craven Nursing Home is one of a group of four that share an owner, and therefore aim to meet regularly and allow residents and staff to build relationships across the group.

As well as Craven Nursing Home, the group consists of Ghyll Royd Nursing Home in Guiseley,  Steeton Nursing Home and Springbank in Silsden. 

The group are planning a 1950's tea dance event in June 2019 for up to 200 residents in the local area, but also host quizzes, Luncheon Club and plan regular outings.
 

Elderly ladies on the beach
Craven Nursing Home look to take their residents on regular outings, including trips to the seaside

 

Beth Parsons from the Stray FM Health & Wellbeing show visited Sarah and Jane at Craven Nursing Home to find out more:

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