Care home residents play Hungry Hippos

Clay Curtis
March 25, 2020

With all the school closures across the world, nursing homes have also followed suit. Bryn Celyn Care Home in Wales attached baskets to long poles, set out a pile of ball pit balls, and had their wheelchair-bound residents act as the "hippos" for a giant version of Hungry Hungry Hippos.

"Everyone in the home team and residents are anxious about the virus", Michelle Williams?, general manager at Bryn Celyn Care, told CNN.

Homes like Bryn Celyn have had to restrict visits recently, so nurses came up with the game to keep the residents occupied. "But we are staying positive and doing what we do every day, which is supporting our residents, and keeping it as normal as possible".

The residents and staff are well and there is no current coronavirus-related illness in the home.

The original tabletop game has four hippos with moveable mouths that players control to eat as many marbles as possible. In this case, the hippos were the residents, most in wheelchairs, using broomsticks fashioned with plastic baskets for collecting snacks.

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'Residents really enjoyed playing a new game today Hungry Hippos, ' a spokesperson for the care home said.

"Everyone in the home team and residents are anxious about the virus", Michelle Williams, the general manager, told CNN.

The Bryn Celyn team uploaded a short video to Facebook on Thursday and it's since been viewed over 250,000 times and brought smiles to plenty of people across the internet.

But that didn't stop the staff from finding a solution.

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